At some point in the future, mankind will head back to the moon, perhaps even to stay.
While it may have seemed like a far-away, sci-fi idea just a few years ago, advances in technology have been exponential and astronomical as of late, (no pun intended). This has led to a boom in commercial space flight as well, and the merging of the public and the private sector has helped the idea of a moon base come ever closer to reality.
Now, two nations have signed an accord to break ground on the project, and it might not be who you think it is.
RUSSIA and China are joining forces as they prepare to sign a historic deal to build the first moon base after they snubbed the US.
The two countries are to collaborate on the international lunar structure, which was thought up by China – the latest build in the space-race against America.
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So, how would this even begin?
The purpose of the the International Lunar Research Stations (ILRS), is to create a long-term robotic presence on the Moon by the start of the next decade, before eventually establishing a sustained human presence.
An Order of the Government of the Russian Federation detailing the scheme was published on February 11, but the “date to sign the above mentioned MoU has not been determined yet and is currently discussed with the Chinese partners.”
One can only imagine that America, who were the first to land a man on the moon, would be working to catch up to this announcement by the Chinese and Russian space agencies.
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