Russia Finalizing Plans to Put People on the Moon Forever

Friday, 04 December 2015 - 9:47AM
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Friday, 04 December 2015 - 9:47AM
Russia has been planning to build a manned base on the Moon for years, and now, according to a new report from TASS, the official Russian news agency, their space organization is finalizing plans to send people on a one-way trip to our satellite.

Russia's Moon Base

Forget Mars, let's live on the moon.

Posted by Outer Places on Thursday, 3 December 2015

According to the paper's source, the plan involves at least four rocket launches, the first of which is scheduled for as early as 2024. The first launch will send a robotic probe that will scout potential locations and collect other scientific data that will be necessary for building the base. Two other launches will send the supplies needed to build a 20-ton landing complex into orbit, and another will be a manned mission. The astronauts will land on the Moon in the landing complex, and are projected to start construction in 2030. 

Once the astronauts have landed on the Moon, scientists estimate that it will take 10 years to finish constructing the base. According to TASS, it will be powered by solar energy and will primarily be used for scientific research. That being said, Russia also seems to have designs on their citizens living there, as deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin is quoted as saying in government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta:

Opening quote
''The moon is not an intermediate point in the race. Ot is a separate, even a self-contained goal. It would hardly be rational to make some ten or 20 flights to the moon, and then wind it all up and fly to the Mars or some asteroids. 'This process has the beginning, but has no end. We are coming to the moon forever."
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Although studies have shown that we have the technology to build a base on the Moon in approximately fifteen years, NASA has no current plans to return to the Moon. It makes sense that they would want to devote their resources to their Mission to Mars, but hopefully at some point we will take advantage of this potential new home as well.

Via The Daily Caller.
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