Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has told Sky News the next logical step in space exploration would be a permanent base on the Moon.

He was speaking to Sky News following China’s successful mission to soft land a rover probe on the Moon’s surface.

Commander Hadfield found fame after posting videos of himself singing and tweeting about his experiences on the International Space Station.

And he has now claimed astronauts could be living on the Moon in 20 years or more if space nations work together.

The former head of the ISS said: “I hope we’re seeing the start of a new space co-operation. India has spent a probe to Mars. Other nations have sent probes to other planets.

“The logical way is together. I hope it’s not just a race that will cross some finish line and stop.”

Commander Hadfield praised China’s mission as a “great step forward”, adding it was “extremely complex and demanding to land something on the Moon”. … see more

source: skynews