A Lunar Probe Is Planned

There are plans to send astronauts back to the moon

A pathfinding mission to land a robot probe on an unexplored region of the moon is expected to be approved by the European Space Agency (ESA) next year, according to an exclusive BBC report.

The Russian-led mission, to be carried out in collaboration with ESA, is one of a series aimed at eventually sending astronauts back to the moon.

Luna 27, set to be launched in five years time, marks the continuation of a lunar exploration programme that was halted by the Soviet Union in the mid 1970s.

It will help pave the way for manned missions by looking for materials in lunar soil and rock that can be used to provide water, oxygen and fuel for future astronauts.


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  • FactsWillOut

    “Moonbase Alpha” would be cool.

    Humans are pretty good a cooperating sometimes:
    The LHC at CERN has scientists from several nations that are mortal enemies working there. 10 000 scientists from over 100 countries.

    • It looks like Europe will take a lead in this venture.

      • ntt1

        only if their new muslim friends are allowed to come and reclaim for islam.

  • Gary

    Oxygen my a$$ , they want the Helium -3.

    *Helium-3 (He3) is gas that has the potential to be used as a fuel in future nuclear fusion power plants. There is very little helium-3 available on the Earth. However, there are thought to be significant supplies on the Moon. Several governments have subsequently signalled their intention to go to the Moon to mine helium-3 as a fuel supply. Such plans may come to fruition within the next two to three decades and trigger a new Space Race. *****

    China wants He-3 because a small reactor the size of a garbage can to pretty well supply Toronto with power.
    Currently I think the price for He-3 is about $7,500,000.00 a kg and has been close to $12 million a kg from the demands at that time.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    The ESA is on a quest for LGBTQ Muslim Moon People.

  • irishrus

    Better dust off John Glenn, Tommy Jones, What’s his face, the Canadian hippie kid with the mature son… and dig up James Garner.. America can’t let this go unchallenged. Putin will be pulling stakes on the Yank flag from the big cheese.
    And what else can the world piss away money on? Oh yeah, colonizing Mars… liberals to the front of the line

  • warrenzoell

    I miss the Mellotron and Chamberlin being used in music.

  • ntt1

    Are there aliens out there? contrast this we send probes to planets near and far looking for insights in makeup and composition, aliens apparently jet thousands of light years just to perform anal probes on red neck couples in the corn belt.are we sure we want to meet these entities?

  • Xavier

    All that money wasted that could have gone to refugees.

  • WalterBannon

    Obama and Nasa are planing an Anal probe

    • Clausewitz

      Gotta keep stroking the Muslim’s for their non existent contributions to science.