Russia plans 2025 Moonbase, 2035 Mars shot
All your base ...
Russia will put cosmonauts on the Moon by 2025, the head of the country's space agency has said. A permanent manned base might follow.
"According to our estimates we will be ready for a manned flight to the Moon in 2025," Roskosmos chief Anatoly Perminov told AFP. He said that Russia could establish a lunar "inhabited station" between 2027 and 2032.
Manned moon visits have only ever been carried out by the USA, with six Apollo missions landing astronauts on the Earth's satellite from 1969 to 1972. According to NASA, the Apollo programme cost $19.4bn. Assuming 1970 dollars, that would equate to $104bn-odd today, which is a lot of oil and gas revenue for the Kremlin to spend.
The US is also planning future manned trips to the moon, using staged-rocket technology rather similar to that of the Apollo programme, and a moonbase - and then on to Mars.
In the nearer term Roskosmos plans to complete its parts of the International Space Station by 2015, and carry out "major modernisation" to its Soyuz orbital-lift craft.
Russia might get around to cosmonauts on Mars after 2035, according to Perminov. he said that difficulties with background radiation in space would be hard to surmount, and the two or three year length of the journey would "involve huge challenges in terms of storage space and stress on the crew" - according to AFP.
Nothing was actually said about vodka, apparently.®
Nothing was actually said about vodka,
Then what do you think he was referring to in
"involve huge challenges in terms of storage space and stress on the crew"
I Don't Think So!!!!
Hum... this sound suspiously like what we said, in what the 1960's? or something like that.... Hum, and where are we now, still here on earth, doing the same things that we did back then. Only we have a little bit better technology now, then we did back then. Now can you think of anything that can make the trip to Mars from Earth, let a lone the moon. The moon is what only a days trip away from earth, and Mars is like what 2 to 3 years, do you know how much money and fuel that would eat up... Think about it. Now I am all for going back to the moon, but com' on Mars is a little far featched don't you think... I know that some of you Star Trekies think it is possilbe, but there is nothing out there (that I am aware of), other then Nuclear based, that is ever remotely possible of making that type of trip, and don't tell me staging is where it is at, cause that is only good for only a couple of hours at best, maybe a little longer.
Actually no, I am wrong there are ways, just look at the rovers we sent to Mars back in '99 and recently, they made it to Mar, but can that Technology be made to push over 2 billion tons (400 trillion pounds -/+) of the shuttle plus what ever the Astronots need to stay alive on the 2-3 year trip think of how much food and clothing, and water, and all that other stuff that needs to be considered for that type of trip. It will most likely be more like 2.5 billion tons (500 trillion -/+ lbs.) Com' on people think about it, it's almost impossible.
The coolness was supposed to start in the year 2000, but all they seam to manage is discovering more ways in making people pay for the same stuff they already own