Russia to build lunar base by 2037
Updated: 2011-01-27 14:00
MOSCOW - Russia's Khrunichev Space Center has made a program for moon development in 2025-2037, Russian media reported Wednesday.
According to the plan, a piloted lunar program is scheduled to kick off in 2012 and will cover the creation of an orbital station in a near-moon orbit.
The project will end with the construction of a permanent lunar base, the Interfax news agency reported.
In 2028-2029, a first-stage lunar base will be deployed on the moon for two-week-long piloted expeditions.
A second-stage base will be set up in 2035-2036, using lunar resources and preparing the industrial utilization of the earth's natural satellite.
The program requires construction of a spacecraft for the crew, lunar trucks, cargo spacecraft and a lunar orbital station accommodations.
Elements of the lunar program will be put into orbit by carrier rockets that are expected to be built by 2025, the space center said.
The rockets will be launched from Vostochny space center in the northern Amur region.
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