Jessica Haworth — The Mirror May 26, 2016
Vladimir Putin is planning to build a space shuttle to ferry astronauts to the Moon – and hopes to create the first human settlement there.
The Russian Energia rocket company – the country’s largest – announced the ambitious plans at a conference this week.
It hopes to create a shuttle service based at the International Space Station (ISS) to move astronauts between there and the Moon.
And in the process, it plans to make the first ‘human village’ in space.
The reusable rocket – called ‘Ryov’, which means ‘Charge’ – will also move materials to the Moon.
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It comes as Putin vowed to land the first Russian on the moon by the year 2029.
The comments were made at a conference celebrating the 55th anniversary since Yuri Gagarin made the first manned space flight.
Thomas Reiter, Director of the European Space Agency, said at the event: “We think the Moon is an excellent destination for itself.”
“It can be a platform for further explorations and indeed ‘Moon village’ will be a very interesting concept,” he continued.
“Of course, we are thinking about what would be the next step. Should we go first to one of the moons of Mars, or would we go to eternal surface of Mars?”
ISS program manager Mark Mulqueen agreed and said they hoped for a Mars landing “because it’s probably the best environment for us to have future life and future subsidence on the planet for the human race to continue.
“We’ll allow humans to travel to the Mars’ moons and orbit and then ascend back to our [ISS] platform and return to a habitation module which will than transfer back.”