By James Crisp
(Red. Dieser Beitrag ist bei Euractiv unter dem Titel “A Space Oddity” erschienen. Wegen seiner Aktualität übernehmen wir ihn auf englisch.)
Like everyone else, it was surprised by NASA’s announcement of the discovery of seven planets outside of our solar system.
Unfortunately, it appeared that Ground Control at NASA forgot to mention that the EU provided €1.9 million in funding to the project.
“I agree with you entirely. I am taking advantage of the fact that NASA is asleep now to advance this [Europe’s role],” he joked, suggesting things were Hunky Dory.
But you know who the real Heroes of this story are? Belgians.
Bashers, next time you think of whining about metro escalators that don’t work or post office opening hours ask yourself – have I discovered seven new planets or even looked Across the Universe?
The true Starman of the story is University of Liege astrophysist Michaël Gillon. Not least for naming the exoplanet system TRAPPIST-1 and proving that space really is the final front-beer.