Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the launch of unmanned Soyuz-2.1A rocket at the Vostochny cosmodrome in Amur Region, Russia, April 28.Russian scientists are working on plans to build a manned base on the moon..S., Roscosmos was now nine times less advanced than NASA.The agency does not appear to have completely lost its tendency to think big, however: Scientists backed by Roscosmos are continuing research for a prospective moonbase, first drafted in the 1960s.The country’s federal space agency, Roscosmos, has suffered repeated budget cuts over the course of Russia’s current financial crisis.In May Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin declared that, far from the Cold War rivalry with the U.
The base is still currently in planning stages, albeit evolved from the Soviet drafts into a digital 3D plan.
A six-strong team of Russian women who are trying out for a potential future trip to the moon in 2029 have been locked away for eight days together to see if they 'survive' the experience.
Try Newsweek for only "At the first stage, the moon base will be manned by no more than two to four people, with their number later rising from 10 to 12 people," said Olga Zharova, press secretary of the Ts NIIMash aeronautics research institute within Roscosmos.
According to Zharova, scientists will submit funding requests for elements from the project as soon as the next Roscosmos budget review in 2025.
No spot for the base on the moon’s surface has been chosen yet, however, the south pole of the moon is thought to be most appropriate, Zharova said.
There is no current deadline for the project, intended as a stepping stone towards Russian colonization of the moon.