• Question: The UK are voting today (23rd June) on whether to leave or remain in the EU. Have you voted yet? And are you Brexit or RemaIN?

    Asked by MrsVM to Kirsty, Col Op, Charlie πŸš€ on 23 Jun 2016. This question was also asked by ._..
    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 23 Jun 2016:


      Space exploration is very much an international community- we all work together across the globe- I think it’s one of the main strengths of our field.

    • Photo: Charles Laing

      Charles Laing answered on 23 Jun 2016:


      Hi MrsVM,

      I think it is good to try and keep politics out of space if possible! Of course sometimes that can be difficult but space definitely benefits from working together. For example, I think that humans will only be able to carry out a successful mission to Mars if it is an international collaboration.

      The International Space Station (ISS) is a good example of working together, pooling resources and expertise for the benefit of all humans.

      It is very important to note that cooperation in space can happen without the EU and the European Space Agency (ESA) actually has members part of it outside of Europe.

      I think it is great for our democracy to have a debate about the EU and it is of course a personal choice whichever way you choose.

      Charlie πŸš€

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