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#231 - Didier Schmitt - Space Futures

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Boris Artzybasheff’s Portrait of R. Buckminster Fuller for the Jan. 10, 1964 cover of Time Magazine
Boris Artzybasheff’s Portrait of R. Buckminster Fuller for the Jan. 10, 1964 cover of Time Magazine

Richard Buckminster Fuller was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. popularizing such terms as "Spaceship Earth",

Fuller developed numerous inventions and architectural designs, including the geodesic dome;

Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural and mathematical resemblance to geodesic spheres, especially C60, which are also informally called buckyballs for their resemblance to standard football. The carbon atoms are connected in the same pattern of hexagons and pentagons you find on a soccer ball, Buckyballs found in space


Didier Schmitt Currently at the European Space Agency, as Head of the Strategy & Coordination Group within the Human and Robotic Exploration Directorate

Didier Schmitt is primarily a scientist, but also a physician. His academic career focused on spaceflight and space analogues research.

At the European Commission, his first focus was on space policy. He then coordinated scientific and technological foresight with the chief scientific adviser; as a member of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to the President. He co-authored the first inter-institutional report of the European Union on future trends: "Global trends to 2030:

Can the EU meet the challenges ahead".

He is a regular contributor to mainstream French newspapers on future issues in science, technology and policy.

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A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for ESA (European Space Agency) in 2018, showed that only 4 in 10 Europeans felt they had a good knowledge of space activities carried out by ESA. Didier Schmitt, editor-in-chief of Mook Mars and author of the Safari Rouge comic book, wanted to overcome this lack of knowledge through these two books and thus raise awareness, without fiction or exaggeration, to this area still too little known to the general public

ESA Astronaunt

Vacancy notices “Astronaut” and “Astronaut (with a physical disability)” have been posted to Applications must be submitted via this site before 28 May 2021 to be considered for selection and important information for candidates is available in the newly released Astronaut Applicant Handbook.

Also Vacancy for the post of ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes

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