Russia Reportedly Plans To Build A Moon Base By 2030

While NASA is working on its manned mission to Mars, Russia it turns out has set its sights on a location a little bit closer to home: the moon.

According to Russian news agency TASS, Russia is planning on not only sending people to the moon, but also on keeping them there, on a moon base.

As Jalopnik rightly points out, the Saturn V served a single purpose, but it wasn't entirely practical for other missions to space. In an age where cost-cutting is just part and parcel of space travel it's hardly surprising that Russia is looking for a more cost-effective solution.

The Angera would still be a powerful rocket, capable of lifting over 700 tonnes of payload per launch.

So rather than follow the old ways of building a massive launch vehicle like the Saturn V, Russia is reportedly planning to complete the moon mission using six separate rocket launches using Angera.

Each one would reportedly send a new module to the moon, building up the base in much the same way that the International Space Station was put together.

Once all the habitat modules are finally in orbit or placed on the lunar surface a manned mission would finally head off to begin its short holiday on Earth's nearest neighbour.

Russia currently uses the Soyuz TMA-18M to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

Before we get too excited though Russia has two clear things it needs to do. Firstly it needs to build the Angera rocket in the first place.

Once it has done that, Russia will reportedly send a lunar probe to the moon in 2024 where it will scout the moon's south pole for possible moon base locations.

Then in 2028 the first manned mission will orbit the moon with an actual landing taking place the following year in 2030. Russia would then start spending the next 10 years building up its base.