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Russia considering manned lunar base


Posted on Wednesday, 9 October, 2013 | Comment icon 31 comments

An artist's impression of a moon base. Image Credit: NASA
The Russian space agency Roscosmos is studying the feasibility of building a base on the moon.
The idea of building a permanent outpost on the moon has been something that has cropped up a lot in recent years, but given recent financial troubles and the fact that nobody has been back to the moon for several decades, the likelihood of a manned outpost being constructed there any time soon seems bleak.

In a new feasibility study, Russia's space agency is aiming to determine whether or not building a base on the moon is something that could be realistically achieved.

"Our nearest task within the limits of the planning horizon is the construction of a piloted outpost on the Moon," said Lev Zelyony, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute. "A working group was recently set up at the order of Roscosmos's head Vladimir Popovkin."

Officials believe that the single biggest hurdle in a manned lunar outpost would be finding a way to protect astronauts from the harmful effects of radiation exposure.

"A spectrum of concrete tasks for crews to deal with on the Moon have been put forward," said Zelyony. "But even on the Moon humans will have a difficult life. Long-duration missions on the Moon could only be possible in special shelters, most probably under the lunar surface."

Source: Voice of Russia | Comments (31)

Tags: Russia, Moon

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #22 Posted by Stegosaurus on 10 October, 2013, 21:18
I would love to be a part of a lunar base. How cool.
Comment icon #23 Posted by danielost on 11 October, 2013, 5:17
I couldn't agree more. Actually, let's not. The last space race resulted in unnecessary duplication of resources. The rush:-) , for each side to be first led to the deaths of the Apollo 1 crew of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee for the USA and to Vladimir Komarov, commander of Soyuz 1 for the Soviet Union. The ISS demonstrates the advantages of working together. Let's :-) :-) :-) that lesson and explore the Moon together. We'll have to the usa doesn't have a launch rocket big enough.hey on't have the money.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 11 October, 2013, 16:59
We'll have to the usa doesn't have a launch rocket big enough.hey on't have the money. Actually no one currently has a rocket large enough, but NASA is working on the Space Launch System, which will be the most powerful launcher ever constructed and SpaceX is working on the Falcon Heavy. With in the next 5-6 years the USA will have two rockets large enough. As for Russia not having the money, that is no longer true. It is an oil and gas rich nation. Roscosmos is no longer struggling financially as it was a decade ago. The Russians are currently working on a new manned spacecraft to replace the... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by danielost on 11 October, 2013, 18:46
It may come down to a race. This time the prize will be total domination of the planet.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Parsec on 12 October, 2013, 0:01
That is a rather cynical view. Much scientific research and exploration is undertaken with neither military or financial advantage being the goal. The ISS and the Large Hadron Collider, polar exploration and the ascent of Everest immediately come to mind. It is in man's nature to explore, whether that be physically exploring new frontiers or pushing the limits of scientific knowledge. A return to the Moon is inevitable, it is a matter of when, not if. At the moment Helium-3 is a red herring. It may have a use in fusion reactors in the future. Most most experts believe that working fusion react... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 12 October, 2013, 10:57
If it wasn't for politics, I don't say that the moon would still be untouched, but probably we'd arrived there much later. Unfortunately, in this world politics moves the money and decides where it goes, not science. We may have arrived there much later, but we would probably have stayed for good. Apollo was not about exploration, it was about beating the Soviet Union. Once it had achieved it's goal it was cancelled. An international, science lead programme would not have lost interest immediately. Apollo was the right idea for the wrong reasons. It was NASA's finest hour but NASA has been suf... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by DONTEATUS on 12 October, 2013, 15:33
ITs not the H3 we should be worried about ! Its the H2O remember Water Is not free !
Comment icon #29 Posted by danielost on 17 October, 2013, 9:43
We may have arrived there much later, but we would probably have stayed for good. Apollo was not about exploration, it was about beating the Soviet Union. Once it had achieved it's goal it was cancelled. An international, science lead programme would not have lost interest immediately. Apollo was the right idea for the wrong reasons. It was NASA's finest hour but NASA has been suffering for it ever since. NASA has had no real sense of direction since Apollo ended. It is pushed and pulled around on the whim of successive administrations, all of whom only look to the next election, not the long ... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 17 October, 2013, 11:57
Let's hope planet x can go th distance. Let the gvernment play traffic control. You are making no sense. What has Planet X got to do with it? Or do you mean SpaceX? If so my question still stands. SpaceX, as far as I know, have no plans for lunar exploration. They have their eyes firmly fixed on Mars.
Comment icon #31 Posted by danielost on 17 October, 2013, 17:30
Yes, I meant space x . Your the one who said they were building a new heavy rocket.


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