MOSCOW, January 19 (RIA Novosti)
Russian Space Agency Roscosmos is in talks with its European and U.S. partners on the creation of manned research bases on the Moon, the agencies chief, Vladimir Popovkin, said on Thursday.
“We don’t want the man to just step on the Moon,” Popovkin said in an interview with Vesti FM radio station.
“Today, we know enough about it, we know that there is water in its polar areas," he said, adding "we are now discussing how to begin [the Moon’s] exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency ."
There are two options, he said: “either to set up a base on the Moon or to launch a station to orbit around it.”
The project of a “prospective manned transportation system” to be sent to the Moon is currently being developed, the Roscosmos chief said.
The Moon base project seems to revive Cold War-era plans to create a permanent outpost on the Moon, which was talked about by some Soviet and U.S. scientists since the late 1950s.
Russia is also planning to send two unmanned missions to the Moon by 2020, the Luna Glob and the Luna Resource, Popovkin added.
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- ruypenalvaRussia needs22:32, 19/01/2012Russia needs to end its poverty, develop its porr regions, before thinking in having a moon base. Is Mr. Popovkin in the moon world?
- Carlo(no title)16:54, 23/01/2012But investing in space exploration is one of the best ways to decrease poverty in Russia, as it will create jobs for highly educated and skilled people. Just like the new Vostochny space center will help develop the Russian Far East.
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.