Russia to Launch Manned Lunar Mission in 2029
RT News Report
Russia says it will launch a manned mission to the Moon in 2029, according to the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who supervises defense-related policies, says the question of bringing China in as the main partner in creating a lunar scientific station is currently being discussed with Roscosmos.
"We have told China of our plans about the possibility of creating a Russian national orbital station," Rogozin told journalists after a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in China on 28 April 2015.
The spacecraft for the planned venture of a manned mission to the Moon is currently being built in Moscow. Its maiden flight is expected to take place in 2021, Sputnik reports. Vladimir Solntsev, head of Roscosmos Energia, made the announcement on 27 October saying, “A manned flight to the Moon and lunar landing is planned for 2029.”
The subsequent plan will be for the spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station in 2023 and then send an unmanned mission to the Moon in 2025. Two weeks ago, the European Space Agency (ESA) said it was interested in joining Russia’s ambitious plan to colonize the Moon, by providing key technical expertise for a planned mission in 2020.
This mission will see a Luna 27 robotic lander touch down on the Pole-Atkin crater on the dark side of Earth’s satellite.
ESA’s new chief Johann-Dietrich Woerner is a passionate advocate of Moon colonization, and has himself outlined proposals for an international space village that echoes Russia’s vision.
"We have an ambition to have European astronauts on the Moon. There are currently discussions at international level going on for broad cooperation on how to go back to the Moon," said Berengere Houdou, who heads the lunar exploration group at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).
Russia and China are also engaged in talks about creating a joint lunar station.
Source: RT News
According to earlier reports, Russia plans to land a Luna-25 research vessel on the south pole of the Moon instead of its equator, where all other landings have been centered. The plan is to explore the internal structure of the Moon and the impact of the cosmic rays and electromagnetic radiation on its surface, as well as to look for natural resources in the area.
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