Thursday, May 26, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Russia to build permanent Moon base

Posted on Sunday, 13 April, 2014 | Comment icon 65 comments

Russia plans to return to the Moon in the near future. Image Credit: NASA/Dennis M. Davidson
Russia has big plans for its space program in the coming years and the Moon is its next target.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin recently spoke in detail about the country's plans to build a permanent base of operations on the lunar surface within the next two decades as part of what some see as an extension of the space race.

"The moon is not an intermediate point in the race, it is a separate, even a self-contained goal," he said. "It would hardly be rational to make some ten or twenty flights to the moon, and then wind it all up and fly to the Mars or some asteroids."

The next step will be a series of robotic missions including the Luna-25 rover in 2016 followed by the Luna-26 orbiter. A second rover is also planned after that to explore the Moon's south pole region.

Russia's most ambitious plans however center around the development of a new rocket that will be capable of carrying a manned spacecraft to the Moon. If this succeeds then the construction of a permanent base could go ahead by 2030.

"This process has the beginning, but has no end," said Rogozin. "We are going to come to the Moon forever."

Source: The Register | Comments (65)

Tags: Russia, Moon

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #56 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 April, 2014, 12:07
Factual errors... 1) I didn't mention "spaceflight" at all. 2) This:
Comment icon #57 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 April, 2014, 12:12
It will never happen... they'll string people along and squeeze as much money out of it as they can for as long as they can.
Comment icon #58 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 April, 2014, 12:18
"Get in on the ground floor" certainly, get a monopoly on supply is again certainly sound business sense. I think the 'lunar base race' will start in earnest as soon as one of the superpowers is seen to be making a tangible effort towards it. None of them can afford to let anyone have a monopoly.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 22 April, 2014, 13:14
Mining on the moon is not spaceflight ? Then how do you get there ? Well i have other sources: (page 6) Your source indicate a 70 part per million abundance, which is quite a long way from the highest number in my source, which is 15 part per billion. The numbers in your source match up pretty good with the abundance of Helium-4 on the moon, but that is not useful for fusion power generation. If you look closely you will see that the last source actually comes from Russia, quite significant for this thread isn't it ? Anyway i am all in favour of fusion energy, so i look forward to be... [More]
Comment icon #60 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 April, 2014, 16:12
[/size] I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Comment icon #61 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 22 April, 2014, 16:55
Comment icon #62 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 May, 2014, 13:35
[B]**Thread cleaned** smokeycat, Hawkin, debate and disagreement are fine, childish name calling and petty bickering belong in a school play ground, not here. Thank you.
Comment icon #63 Posted by smokeycat on 4 May, 2014, 14:13
Fair enough.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 8 May, 2014, 19:13
The latest on Russia's Lunar ambitions: [hr][hr] [hr][hr] A later quote in the story seems to put the final nail in the coffin for the case of this being about [sup]3[/sup]He. So no [sup]3[/sup]He mining just yet it would seem.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
New optical clock is most accurate ever built
Scientists have come up with a clock so accurate that it could even redefine the length of a second.
Neanderthal-built stone rings found in cave
Remarkable prehistoric structures made from stalagmites have been discovered inside a cave in France.
'Human dog' appears in daytime TV interview
Sound technician Tom Peters likes nothing more than to dress up in a latex costume and act like a dog.
Woman stalked by swarm of bees for 24 hours
Carol Howarth was shocked to discover that a swarm of 20,000 bees had followed her car all the way home.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
What happened before the Big Bang ?
Posted 5-22-2016 | 4 comments
Is it possible to find out what took place before our universe came in to existence ?
Prehistoric creatures that still exist
Posted 5-21-2016 | 1 comment
A look at some remarkable animal species that have survived for millions of years.
Why do we have 10 fingers and 10 toes ?
Posted 5-20-2016 | 2 comments
What is the reason that we happen to have exactly 10 fingers and toes ? Why that number ?
Talking tapes
Posted 5-19-2016 | 1 comment
Tim demonstrates a unique form of audio recording which uses ridged strips of plastic.
Building a popcorn machine
Posted 5-18-2016 | 1 comment
Adam Savage and Simone Giertz build a novel hands-free device for eating popcorn.
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Not in our jurisdiction
5-2-2016 | California, United States
Zippers and headlights
5-2-2016 | Raleigh, United States
Spinning, voiceless and breathless
5-2-2016 | Garland, Texas
4-15-2016 | United States
The mysterious awakening
4-6-2016 | Los Angeles, California
Chocolate fairy? Really?
4-6-2016 | United Kingdom
Christmas Day haunting
4-6-2016 | London, UK
The funeral director
3-30-2016 | Hebburn, England
A strange sighting in Spain
3-30-2016 | Albatera, Spain
Dust patterns on basement floor
3-27-2016 | Smithville, Texas

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ