Russia and the European Space Agency will probe human settlements on Moon

According to a BBC exclusive report, a joint European-Russian mission is expected to proceed to see if habitations could be established at Moon’s south pole. Roscosmos (Russian federal space agency) will lead the mission. It will also be conducted in conjunction with ESA. This mission is one of many attempts to get humans back on the moon. Luna 27, is a mission that will launch a robot probe (lander) into the region to check for water, and other resources required to create fuel and oxygen. The two space agencies plan to launch their probe in the next decade if all goes as planned. Is there sufficient water and elements on the Moon to sustain a permanent settlement for humans? Image: ESA. Moon exploration was halted in mid-1970s. The Soviet Union stopped its lunar exploration program in the middle 1970. This mission will continue the work of the predecessor. Professor Igor Mitrofanov of Moscow’s Space Research Institute said that the team must visit the Moon. It will become the definitive outpost for human civilisation in the 21st century, which will mark the beginning of thest century. This will require our country to work with international partners. Berengere Houtou, head of Estec (European Space Research and Technology Centre), stated that “we have the ambition to send European astronauts to the Moon.” ESA’s leading scientist, Dr. James Carpenter said that the south pole of the Moon is different from anywhere else. There are international discussions about how to get back to the Moon. This environment is totally different. Due to the extreme temperature there, you can find large quantities of water-ice or other chemistry on the surface. These could be used as rocket fuel, life-support systems, or for future human missions. Video – Destination Moon. Dr. James Carpenter provides an 8 minute overview of past, present, and future Moon exploration.

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