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"Russia will boost its efforts to explore the solar system and seek a bigger share of the market for space launches in the next decade, Prime Minister Vladmir Putin said on Thursday.
Speaking ahead of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering space flight, Putin said Russia's plans go beyond transporting crews to the International Space Station.
"Russia should not limit itself to the role of an international space ferryman. We need to increase our presence on the global space market," Putin told space and other government officials at his residence outside Moscow.
Energy-rich Russia's space budget for 2010-2011 is 200 billion roubles ($7.09 billion), which Putin said made it the world's fourth-largest spender on space after U.S. space agency NASA, the European Space Agency and France.
"Such resources enable us to set serious goals," Putin said."
Using existing experience of cooperation, we propose to combine the efforts of States Parties to the ISS program for implementation of projects studying the Moon, Mars and other planets in our solar system. We have here your suggestions. We know the reaction of our partners, we are studying this reaction, and we will choose the most suitable, the most interesting for our country cooperation options. Please also Roskosmos jointly with the Russian Academy of Sciences to prepare plans for research and space exploration for the long term and results in August this year reported to the Government.
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Where did Putin ever say anything about this being a MILITARY base, OP?
To me this doesn't say much at all, just vague hyperbole about how 50 years from now Russia (or any space program/agency) will be doing all these great cool things that will benefit mankind. In the end it will end up like all such talk, little to nothing will be done, we'll still be operating some feeble space station, and no moon bases, much less man on mars.
It makes me wonder if they aren't trying to play this up as a military threat in order to scare us into throwing more funding into the space program. Not saying the space program couldn't use more funding but, does the government and the MSM have to resort to such blatant propaganda in order to move us in that direction?
Why not get more funding for space instead of dumping it for wars...... The Look at this graph
The Moon's surface contains helium-3 at concentrations on the order of 0.01 ppm in sunlit areas, and concentrations as much as five times higher in permanently shadowed regions..... Because of the low concentrations of helium-3, any mining equipment would need to process extremely large amounts of regolith (over 100 million tons of regolith to obtain one ton of helium 3),[
in the 1960's NASA was receiving 2-4% of the federal budget depending on year. In the past few years they received a mere 0.57-0.68% of the budget. Put that in your mouth and suck it!
NASA has done a fine job achieving what they have in the past decade with the abysmal funding they have received.
I think NASA has achieved those and many more great missions and accomplishments/inventions and they don't need people criticizing them constantly about failing when they have done so much with so little.