China has talked about building a permanent moon base, and now Japan and Russia want to jointly get in on the action. This past week, the two countries announced plans to put permanent bases up there. Where’s America on this? If only Newt were president, he’d do it.
While NASA administrator Charles Bolden was in Florida to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, representatives of space agencies from Russia, India, Japan, and Canada were at the Global Space Exploration Conference to talk about their future plans. One of the biggest topics they discussed was the moon: Japan and Russia revealed plans to establish bases on our planet’s satellite.
“We’re not talking about repeating what mankind achieved 40 years ago,” said Vladimir Popovkin, head of Russian space agency Roscosmos. “We’re talking about establishing permanent bases.” And while he gave no timeframe for it, we imagine it would be some time after 2030, which is Roscosmos’s target date for a manned moon landing. Japanese space agency JAXA has similar plans.
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