Russia to ‘conquer the moon’ with permanent lunar outpost
The Russian equivalent of NASA has announced plans to permanently station 12 cosmonauts in a secret base on the moon.
It might sound like the plot of a James Bond movie, but the very real plan is likely to leave politicians from the West feeling both shaken and stirred.
The space agency RosCosmos has spent years working on its lunar base scheme and has slowly released tantalizing details of the plans.
Now it has announced that a dozen cosmonauts – the Russian word for astronaut – will live on the base.
“At the initial stage, the Moon base will be manned by no more than 2-4 people, with their number later rising to 10-12 people,” Olga Zharova from the Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) told the newspaper Izvestia today. – READ MORE