Russian Moon Landing Plans Announced for 2029

Getting back to the Moon is all the rage these days as Russian Moon Landing Plans Announced

Tuesday was a busy day...

In addition to announcing plans to grant private companies access to the space services market, Russian space officials announced their plans for a Russian moon landing by 2029.

During a space technology conference in Moscow, Vladimir Solntsev , the head of the Russian Space Agency Energia put it very simply:

A manned flight to the moon and lunar landing is planned for 2029.

Energia is the primary Russian spacecraft manufacturer and is responsible for the success of rockets and components like Soyuz. Now, according to the Energia chief, the company's scientists were building a new spacecraft made of composites specifically for moon missions.

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Its maiden flight is scheduled for 2021.

No specifics -- like images or graphics -- accompanied the announcement., but a glimpse of previous Russian moon landing designs may give us an idea of what is being planned.

Russian Moon Landing stages

Landing stages for previous Soviet lunar expeditions. Top row, left to right: L3 original version; LK; LK-3; LK-700; two versions of the L3M; LEK for Energia-launched lunar landing. Bottom row, lunar base elements: Chelomei KLE; Chelomei Heavy Lunokhod; Barmin DLB base module; LZM, LZhM, Lunokhod, and LEK for Glushko LEK Vulkan-launched lunar base. Credit: © Mark Wade

In 2023, the spacecraft is due to dock with the International Space Station, with the first unmanned lunar mission set for 2025.

In earlier reports, Russia had announced plans to land a Luna-25 research vessel on the south pole of the moon, a popular spot for exploration due to the recent discovery of water ice in the deep shadows of the Shackleton Crater.  

All other Russian moon landing have been around the lunar equator -- it's a much easier spot to reach and with which to communicate.

The Russian moon landing plan is to explore the internal structure of the Earth's only natural satellite and the impact of the cosmic rays and electromagnetic radiation on its surface, as well as to look for natural resources in the area.

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