Back in the space race days between the Soviet Union and the United State, the Soviet government secretly pursued two lunar programs in the 1960s. The Soviet’s had planned a manned lunar flyby mission and a manned lunar landing. However, before due to several program failures and the successful American lunar landing, both programs were canceled.
Now Russia will resume the previous programs by sending an unmanned probe to the Moon in 2015.
Russian space officials have said the Luna-Glob will be an orbital module that will launch a probe to the surface of the Moon and beam back information about samples it takes from the surface.
The Soviet Union got a jump on the United States in the Cold War space race, sending a probe to the moon in 1959 and putting the first person into space in 1961. But the United States first put a man on the moon in 1969 and Russia has not done so.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved a plan last month to spend 2.1 trillion roubles ($70 billion USD) for space projects in the next 7 years. The Russian’s hope to explore the Moon and Mars, among other things.
I love me a good space race. Between the Russians, Chinese, Europeans, Indians, Japanese and the Americans (not to mention all the commercial ventures) we should have warp drive in no time.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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