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Russia eyeing the Moon for colonization

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:48 PM by AlexMuller

With NASA's recent musings on colonizing Mars, mining asteroids and setting up a base on the Moon, it was only a matter of time before Russia weighed in with its own plan for the future of space travel. Old rivalries aside, Russia is a key player in the maintenance and supply of the International Space Station and has kept a steady interest in the stars in recent years.


The gateway to those stars, by Russian estimation, is the Moon. A committee comprised of members from The Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University, and the private firm Roscosmos has just laid out a roadmap that would place a Russian colony on the Moon by 2040. The colony will eventually function as a staging ground for human expansion across the solar system, and the committee wants Russia to get this interplanetary gas station up and running before the competition.

Starting in 2016, a series of lunar rovers will begin scouring the Moon's surface for a site rich in minerals and water deposits. By 2028, manned missions will begin, though nobody will land on the Moon's surface until at least 2030, though, and it'll then take about ten years to get a permanent base up and running. The project will cost approximately $816 million all told, with funding split between private and public sources.

Tags: moonSpaceRussiaspace explorationsolar systemcolony

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-15
Colonisation of space is the next big battle - Russia is a serious player but also India and China and of course NASA, US companies and Europe. It looks like there will be races and loose cooperations - all troubling and uncertain Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-06
Mark,Do you mean "sandbagged" rather than "handbagged" by N.T.Wright's heavy handed approach? Doesn't "handbagged" mean "sacked?" I myself confess to feeling "sandbagged" and "hwegsoognlrd" after reading N. T. Wright. Reply


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