Nov 27, 2004 (AXcess News) Washington – A Russian automated base may be established on the Moon in 2020-2025, an official of the Russian Space Agency has said.
Speaking in Washington at a NASA conference on the International Space System program, Nikolai Moiseyev said a similar base may appear on Mars by the middle of the century, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the Russian Space Agency press service.
Moiseyev informed space officials from other countries about Russia’s ISS program, which includes advanced studies aimed at the exploration of the solar system and the use of automated spacecraft. In particular, he mentioned the Luna-Globe project for studying the internal structure of the moon, delivering samples of moon rock to earth, and the use of moon resources, the agency reported.
What was left unsaid was how to handle the Van Allen Belt and its damaging gamma rays.