Is Russia Planning to Build a Permanent Moon Base?

More

Russia, which currently has the fourth-largest space budget in the world (it follows NASA, the European Space Agency and France) and partnerships with many influential agencies (it is on Russian Soyuz spacecrafts that NASA astronauts will visit the International Space Station [ISS] in coming years, post-Space Shuttle), may be planning on building a permanent base on the moon.

"Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his country's plans go well beyond transporting crews to the International Space Station," according to the Huffington Post, which wrote about the issue after pulling together several different news reports from recent days. "Russia should not limit itself to the role of an international space ferryman," Putin reportedly said outside of his Moscow residence at a meeting recognizing the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's spaceflight. "We need to increase our presence on the global space market."

Various records and reports suggest that Putin hopes to both build a base near the moon's north pole and travel to Mars by 2030. "Russian scientists are ... said to have touted the moon as a potential source of energy, saying it contains large reserves of helium 3, a sought-after isotope that may be the key to a new way of generating power," according to the Huffington Post.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Time JFK Called the Air Force to Complain About a 'Silly Bastard'

51 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made a very angry phone call.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In