Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, has big plans with the Moon. As we might be on the verge of a new space race, Russia is not going to let NASA and Chinese space agency alone on the Earth’s natural satellite. Accordingly, Russia plans to send a mining rover and modules for the future lunar base to the Moon around 2030.
More specifically, Roscosmos wants to finalize Russia’s lunar program somewhen between 2030 and 2035. And this time, the Russians have exciting plans with the Moon. They want to send there a heavy mining lunar rover, along with a reusable cargo spaceship and several space station-like modules that would mark the beginning of the construction of the Russian lunar base.
But the Russian space program would begin as soon as in 2021 when Roscosmos plans to launch Luna-25 which would search for ice on the Moon. In 2023, Russia wants to send Luna-26 to the Moon, which would map and remote sense the satellite, while the Luna-27 lander would arrive on the Earth’s natural satellite in 2024 with the mission to collect lunar soil samples from the southern pole of the Moon.
Russia Plans To Send A Mining Rover And Modules For Lunar Base To The Moon Around 2030
Next, in 2027, Luna-28 would take cryogenic soil samples from the lunar south pole and bring them back to Earth, while Luna-29 will deploy a lunar rover in 2028.
“Lavochkin NPO offers Roscosmos and the Russian Academy of Sciences to launch four automatic spacecraft to the Moon from 2031 to 2035. Thus, the Luna-30 lander will deliver a reusable lunar spacecraft with supplies for manned missions. The Luna-31 lander will bring to the Moon a heavy lunar rover weighing up to 5 tonnes, equipped with the necessary means to develop lunar resources,” reported Sputnik News, citing one of their sources.
Then, Luna-32 would follow, and it would bring the first modules for the Russian lunar base to the Moon. The constructions of the Moonbase would commence in 2034, according to Roscosmos.
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