May 23, 2012

Russian Space Agency Confirms Plans for Moon Base

Adi Robertson, writing for The Verge:

"Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, has publicly confirmed its plans to create a permanent habitation on the Moon."

and …

"Popovkin has also previously said his agency was in talks with potential European and US partners for such a base."

A manned outpost on the Moon is a good idea. The Moon possesses mineral resources that, if economically harvested and transported to Earth, would change the world economy. It provides a lower gravity jumping-off point for deeper Solar System exploration. It provides a place to refine skills and techniques necessary for sending humans to Mars.

Even better than Russia's plan would be nations pooling their talents and resources to make it happen.