Space Watch: Russia Eyes Possible Moon Base with NASA

Posted on January 19, 2012

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Russia is talking to NASA and the European Space Agency about building manned research colonies on the moon, according to Russian news reports.

Russia’s Federal Space Agency, known as Roscosmos, is also consulting with NASA and ESA about the possibility of placing manned space stations in lunar orbit, Russian news agency Ria Novosti reported Thursday (Jan. 19).

A growing body of research supports the supposition that humanity can live for extended periods of time on or around the moon, Russian space agency chief Vladimir Popovkin said.

“Today, we know enough about it, we know that there is water in its polar areas,” Popovkin told the Vesti FM radio station Thursday, according to Ria Novosti. Popovkin added that “we are now discussing how to begin exploration with NASA and the European Space Agency.”

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