Earlier today we have heard rumors that Russia is planning a Moon base. One of their lead scientists told the press recently that it is imperative we go to the Moon. He said that this will be the century in which we have to make a permanent outpost there and that their country needs to be a part of that process.
Russia announced that they intend to have one of their cosmonauts on the Moon by 2030. The European Space Agency (ESA) have offered their support for this mission. This comes after the ESA recently managed to land a spacecraft on a comet which was a first in the history of space exploration.
It is rather clear that this announcement looks like something from the 1960s and the space race of that era. After NASA have slowly, but surely confirmed that they are planning to build a colony anytime soon, whether it’s on the Moon or on Mars, the Russians are clearly trying to show off with this announcement. It looks like the Cold War all over again.
Roscosmos Energia which is the Russian equivalent for NASA are hard at work on getting their mission done on time. They want to have their lander, Luna 25, on the Moon by 2024. Their plan is to explore the south pole of the Moon in order to find an ideal spot in which they could build their colony.
A lead scientist from the ESA, who is working on this project, had some interesting things to say on the subject. Apparently, the south pole of the Moon is a very special place that we have yet to visit and fully understand. The extreme cold you can find there means that there is the possibility of finding water-ice and other chemicals that might be helpful in the long run.
After all the main goal is to find out what we can actually use from the Moon in order for the colony to thrive and develop. They could possibly find rocket fuel or different chemicals that would help with the life-support systems which would be needed on such a mission.
The Luna 25 has been trying it’s hardest to launch since 1997 but it has always encountered problems right before launch. Russia is hoping that with some assistance from the ESA they will finally be able to launch their mission.
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