facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

Russia talks of permanent moon base

Jan. 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
MOSCOW, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- 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."

Talk of a base harkens back to Cold War-era plans to create a permanent outpost on the moon, a subject of interest to Soviet and U.S. scientists since the late 1950s, RIA Novosti reported.

Popovkin mentioned two options, to "either to set up a base on the moon or to launch a station to orbit around it."

Russia is proceeding with plans to send two unmanned missions to the moon by 2020, the Luna Glob and the Luna Resource, Popovkin said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Infant Earth was peppered by asteroids for 500 million years
2
Ancient cricket found in neglected primeval amber
3
Deep-sea octopus guards eggs longer than any other animal
4
The moon is (kind of) flat, and scientists know why
5
Thousands of velellas wash up on the shores of San Francisco
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback