Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Russia’s Space Agency, Roscosmos Takes Lead to Create Perminant Moon Base

Russia takes the lead in constructing a perminant Moon Base on the surface and in low orbit around the Moon. It would be a collective effort by the world's top three space agencies.
 Roscosmos chief, Vladimir Popovkin-"We are now discussing how to begin exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency."
Russian researchers have planned on starting a 12-year-long moon exploration programme (2025-2036), which will have several stages with first being a placement of an orbital station on a near-moon orbit, and the last – construction of a permanent base on the surface of the Earth’s natural satellite.
Lunar orbital station can be built within two years of 2025 and 2026. A second-stage lunar base is scheduled to appear in 2035-2036.
This first lunar base will start using lunar resources and prepare for industrial use of the many natural treasures of Earth’s large moon.

Artist's rendering of Moon Base nestled in a crater.
I will be a dottering old man by then, but I may live long enough to see this happen.
This brings one question to mind: Will we be the first to return or will China or some other group, be it governmental or a private company, beat us to it? This could be very interesting to observe. Let the colonization begin!

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