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Russia's space agency Roscosmos says it is in talks with European and U.S. partners about creating permanent manned research bases on the moon.
"We don't want the man to just step on the moon," Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin said in a radio interview Thursday.
"Today, we know enough about it, we know that there is water in its polar areas," he said, and "we are now discussing how to begin [the moon's] exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency."
But to be honest, space superiority is of upmost importance and such a project would conflict with the interests of the US military space program.
I absolutely agree, yet I don't think such a base would be used for surveillance purposes, at least not for earth based targets. Its rather about who gets to mine the available ressources on the moon first and any permanent base there would be a vital part for further missions by any other nation to the moon and beyond. You really have the upper hand being the first one, you can dictate with whom you will share the mined ressources (energy independency, as Helium 3 has a lot of potential), whom you will give the right to establish another base (as an already existing base would be used to supply fuel and nourishments for further bases or space based missions) and you get to call the moon your own, at least for a few decades.
Originally posted by DJW001
reply to post by Clairaudience
There is already an international treaty in place that prohibits any nation from "owning" the Moon. The physical and technological challenges are great enough that any permanent establishment would require international co-operation. The US and Russia each were able to put a small space station into orbit on their own, but it took a consortium to build the ISS.
Russia proposes international Moon base-- again!
I think a Soyuz is entirely too small even for moon runs. You cram a crew of three in there for a 3-day flight I don't believe it has the room for life support fuel and supplies, not to mention I never saw a orbiter/lander proposal, not even in pencil.
Originally posted by Aliensun
Hah! They know we have triangle bases on the Moon
Originally posted by gortex
reply to post by DJW001
It's a nice idea and long overdue in my view but ......neither the US or Europe have the money or the vehicle to get there , let alone build a Moon base .
I'd say the Russians would be better off teaming up with China if they're serious about it .edit on 20-1-2012 by gortex because: edit to edit