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Russia to build permanent Moon base


Posted on Sunday, 13 April, 2014 | Comment icon 64 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 (64)

Tags: Russia, Moon

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #55 Posted by skookum on 22 April, 2014, 10:41
Just because they haven't don't it the past does not mean they will not do it in the future. This argument is illogical. But not people that know what they are talking about. The Chinese are concentrating on developing space stations at the moment, they have expressed an interest in manned lunar exploration at some specified time in the future, but they are unlikely to even start developing such a capability until after 2022. Absolute nonsense. The Soviet Union operated an extremely sucessful unmanned lunar programme in the '50's '60's and '70's. including being nthe first to return images of ... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 April, 2014, 12:07
And where in my post did i make a factual error ? Factual errors... 1) I didn't mention "spaceflight" at all. 2) It would appear your figures are grossly inaccurate, from this article: http://www.rocketcit...on-for-helium-3 This: “Miners would need to process about one million tons of lunar soil in order to get 70 tons of helium-3.” Not 150 million tons of lunar soil to get one ton of Helium 3.
Comment icon #57 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 April, 2014, 12:12
I also don't believe for a second that Mars one project will get off Earth despite their claims of a permanent base on Mars in about 10 years. 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
speculate to accumulate. Get in on the ground floor, get a monopoly on supply so you're all ready when the technology is developed. Sound business sense. "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
Factual errors... 1) I didn't mention "spaceflight" at all. 2) It would appear your figures are grossly inaccurate, from this article: http://www.rocketcit...on-for-helium-3 This: “Miners would need to process about one million tons of lunar soil in order to get 70 tons of helium-3.” Not 150 million tons of lunar soil to get one ton of Helium 3. Mining on the moon is not spaceflight ? Then how do you get there ? Well i have other sources: http://fti.neep.wisc...wcsar9311-2.pdf (page 6) http://www.lpi.usra....07/pdf/2175.pdf Your source indicate a 70 part per million abundance, which is quite a... [More]
Comment icon #60 Posted by Occams Razor on 22 April, 2014, 16:12
Mining on the moon is not spaceflight ? No, it isn't. Spaceflight is travelling through space, mining on the moon is... mining on the moon, digging holes, processing regolith. It's completely different. http://fti.neep.wisc...wcsar9311-2.pdf (page 6) The above article says "assuming a 10ppb concentration". It's an assumption, not a known as fact quantity. http://www.lpi.usra....07/pdf/2175.pdf From your Russian article above: “The most perspective sites will be considered for certain as prime landing sites, and further and as potential sites for creation and construction of lunar bases, such a... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 22 April, 2014, 16:55
No, it isn't. Spaceflight is travelling through space, mining on the moon is... mining on the moon, digging holes, processing regolith. It's completely different. How do you get to the moon and back without travelling through space ? Teleportation ? The above article says "assuming a 10ppb concentration". It's an assumption, not a known as fact quantity. Based on the findings of the Apollo missions, so it is the best information we have. In the next link, it shows the concentration from each Apollo mission, so the numbers are not take out of thin air. How do you explain the that the numbers in... [More]
Comment icon #62 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 May, 2014, 13:35
**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
**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. Fair enough.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 8 May, 2014, 19:13
The latest on Russia's Lunar ambitions: Russia to begin Moon colonization in 2030 — daily First expeditions with cosmonauts’ landing to create a permanent lunar base are planned in 2030 MOSCOW, May 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will start colonizing the Moon in 2030, Izvestia daily reported on Thursday. The daily has received a draft concept of Russian lunar program developed by enterprises of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), a Russian Academy of Sciences institute and Moscow State University.Notably, the draft concept envisages “creation of a lunar testing ground and a base for extraction of n... [More]


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