First Asgardian Executive Congress is in full swing. During afternoon sessions of Day 1, speakers from the other six Ministries and Parliament Committees on science, finance, culture, international relations, information and justice take the floor. The presentation by Minister of Science was of particular interest to the audience
Floris Wuyts, Asgardia’s Minister of Science, listed short-term scientific tasks, and also introduced its long-term vision for the next 25 years, which is in creating an appropriate environment for giving birth to healthy humans in space, building human habitats in space and on the Moon, and mitigating radiation hazards.
- Asgardia should seek partnership with other universities, - Mr Wuyts said, - The erection of ASTRA, Asgardia Science and Technology Research Academia, must be performed!
The Minister’s speech had quite an animated response from the audience. Some of the other speakers started asking him tricky questions on the spot. Benjamin Dell, for example, wanted to know how the first space state was going to promote science and scientific mindset.
-How do you go to make science sexy, so we can sell it to future asgardians? - Chair of the Citizenship Committee asked.
- I call the promise of being able to get to the Moon in a quarter of a century rather attractive! - Mr. Wuyts replied.
Minister of Information Lena de Winne had two questions, one related to the ethical aspects of the first child being born in space, and the other, on possible options on fighting lunar dust.
Mr. Wuyts explained that all upcoming study and research will be performed in accordance with scientific ethics and utmost attention to human safety. As to lunar dust, he said it wasn't within his competence, but that this was a topic for future research. Given the experience of the lunar exploration 50 years ago, at least there is a starting point.
- We have a lot to study in depth, but that is our fantastic challenge. - Mr Wuyts stated.