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Russia is planning to put a manned colony on the Moon as soon as in 2030, and is racing to dispatch the first robotic rovers to explore the lunar surface two years from now, a media report says.
Newspaper Izvestia said Thursday it had gained access to a draft government program, prepared by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Roscosmos federal space agency, Moscow State University and several space research institutes, outlining a three-step plan toward manning the moon.
A robotic craft would be sent to the Moon as early as in 2016 and through the following decade, and by 2028, Russia would be ready to send manned missions to orbit the Earth's satellite, Izvestia said, citing the report.
The Russian document underlined the need for speedy lunar exploration, saying "leading space powers will expand and establish their rights to convenient lunar footholds to ensure future opportunities for practical use," in the next 20 to 30 years, Izvestia cited the document as saying.
originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: puzzlesphere
lol... what makes you think the US will beat them there - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
We did beat them there. Unfortunately, we did not exploit our advantage.
originally posted by: stirling
Russia may not be able to afford such a bold venture.......
With the world political scene one of rapidly changing alliances and loyalties....I think their time table is so optimistic as to simply be more propaganda in the war of words they are waging with us......
I hope we colonize mars first though. The moon is nice, but mars has much more mineral wealth. Also its a freaking planet.
originally posted by: FlyersFan
originally posted by: buster2010
1. The moon's lower gravity means we can launch a bigger payload.
But you still have to get the payload from the earth to the moon.
So there really isn't much of an advantage. It still has to get moved off the earth.