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Closing Session: ‘Future Perspectives and Closing Remarks’
Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight & Operations
- This symposium has once more highlighted the success of ISS.
- There is every possibility to continue research on ISS.
- Our research objectives are interrelated. The science on ISS addresses issues for astronauts but the main focus is definitely for people on Earth.
- We will see an increased scientific return in the coming years.
- Research on the ISS is institutionally funded. We should engage industry to use ISS for research.
- Investment in space is recognised as having economic benefits and this is even more important in times of financial stress.
- All the best in the future, the ISS symposium 2012 is now concluded.
First speaker day 2: Thomas Reiter
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Former astronaut Thomas Reiter is currently ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations.
Download the presentation slides: Thomas Reiter: "A world without gravity".
A world without gravity: why do we need microgravity?
We need to understand in full the mechanisms governing our life.
European research programme on ISS is based on the ELIPS programme
. ESA will further develop facilities on the ISS to deal with demand. Emphasis of research is on human physiology. As the the Columbus laboratory has been in full operation for a few years and many years to come it makes sense to focus on science now.
Research activities on the ISS covers many areas: medicine, biology, materials, climate change, earth observation, education