In a recent press conference, representatives from the Russian space agency, announced that Russia plans to colonize the moon. In an attempt to establish a permanent base of operation on the moon, the space agency reveals the plan to send a manned crew by the end of 2029.
Planning a trip to the moon in order to establish a permanent base of operations can be a tricky business, but it seems that NASA’s counterpart might have succeeded in doing that. The plan is to land deep inside the Aitken crater, which is located at the moon’s South Pole. According to the data gathered over the years, the craters relative position could provide the crew with the necessary supplies in order to carry out their mission. It seems that deep beneath the moon’s surface, traces of frozen water were discovered.
Aitken’s position seems to be the best choice for the Russian crew because and according to the Russian agency’s spokesperson, it offers quite a lot of advantages compared to other surveyed locations. Frozen water can be a perk for resupplying cosmonauts with fresh water, but the choice itself was prompted by the fact that the crater is not situated on the dark side of the moon.
Also, the Russian space agency announced that there could be teaming up with the European Space Agency in order to carry out the Luna 25 project, although no official statement is yet to be released.
For now, Russia is focusing on constructing a new prototype of rocket that will carry an unmanned crew to the Aitken crater. This will be the first step before the deployment of Luna 25 project, the rocket that will carry a crew and materials to the moon. According to the schedule, as part of the 2021 project, the rocket will first dock with the International Space Station and resupply before they continue their journey to the moon.
If Russia plans to colonize the moon, they must figure out some of the most important steps in the logistical chain: what to carry, who do you carry and most importantly why do you carry? It will be a long and tedious journey before reaching the moon, but the perspective is more than enchanting.
We already took the first steps in space travel, now we have to change the pace a little and aim for something higher: to colonize another world and bring it back to life.
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