Ahh the good ole days, you remember? Back in the 1960’s and 70’s when economies were booming and the United States and Russia were smack in the middle of the Cold War, both trying to ignite “Nationalistic” fervor around “propaganda” campaigns tied to the international space race? Well, once again in 2018, it appears as though the more things change, the more they basically stay the same.
Three weeks ago, on November 6th 2018, Rogue Media Labs reported on a new space initiative outlined by Roscosmos, Russia’s National Space Agency, explaining how Moscow intendeds to build a permanently inhabitable base on the moon by the year 2030 – 2031. According to Dmitry Rogozin, the idea is to “create a long-term, but not constantly manned base on the moons surface in order to study the satellite with the help of robot avatars” in hopes of “using lunar soil as a material for 3D printing” while attempting to “use helium-3 as the basis for rocket fuel.” Explaining how “Moscow does not intend to man their base year round, but intends to erect a long-term shelter that can be visited regularly by cosmonauts throughout the foreseeable future.“
Full Article Available Here: https://roguemedia.co/2018/11/06/russia-announces-plans-for-permanent-moon-base/
Perhaps most importantly, at least for the purposes of this article, my report also specifically mentioned how “Moscow fully anticipates the program to be much larger than anything we have seen throughout history, including the US’s Apollo missions of the 60’s and 70’s.” Funny I should mention that because, as it turns out, a little more than 3 weeks following Roscosmos’ historical announcement, NASA announced a new initiative/mission of their own.
According to a press release dated November 29th 2018, NASA has just officially opened up bidding for “delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon.” First proposals are due by January 2019 and missions to begin delivering supplies to the moons surface could begin as soon as this time next year. The objective you ask? Deliver the technology and exploratory systems necessary “to return humans to the lunar surface” within the next ten years – by the year 2029. NASA hopes to use human exploration of the moons surface as a training operation or spring board or sorts to gather data and therefore better equip the agency to begin building more ambitions plans in the future, such as human exploration of Mars.
We are making progress in America’s return to the Moon’s surface to stay. The innovation of America’s aerospace companies, wedded with our goals in science & human exploration are going to help us achieve amazing things on the Moon & feed forward to Mars. https://t.co/1fU58EjCnD
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) November 29, 2018
“Today’s announcement marks tangible progress in America’s return to the Moon’s surface to stay,” says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “The innovation of America’s aerospace companies, wedded with our big goals in science and human exploration, are going to help us achieve amazing things on the Moon and feed forward to Mars.” Reportedly, the mission will be operated under a $2.6 billion dollar budget, concluding by the end of the year 2029. Early reports indicated that Masten Space Systems is one of the industry front runners to head the mission.
— Masten Space Systems (@mastenspace) November 29, 2018