When choosing the first European on the moon, there is still no decision for a specific astronaut. "The drop hasn't sucked yet," said Matthias Maurer, one of two active German astronauts, the German Press Agency. Both he and his colleague Alexander Gerst would like to go to the moon. "We both want to fly."
Gerst had recently started a multi-week training program designed to prepare him for a possible moon mission. Maurer emphasized that Gerst's training was a routine program - and not an indication of a particularly promising position. "We all go through the program."
It's a bit of a shame "that it's portrayed as if we were competitors just because we were both on the ISS." Maybe someone else will be in focus in a few years. "Maybe a young woman from Europe will fly to the moon."