George1 wrote:Russia Slates Manned Moon Landing for 2029
Russian cosmonauts are expected to make their first steps on the Moon in 2029.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A manned lunar landing by Russian cosmonauts is planned for 2029, the head of the Russian Space Agency Energia said Tuesday.
“A manned flight to the moon and lunar landing is planned for 2029,” Vladimir Solntsev said during a space technology conference in Moscow.
The Energia chief, a spacecraft components manufacturer, said Russian scientists were building a new spacecraft made of composites specifically for moon missions. Its maiden flight is scheduled for 2021.
In 2023, the spacecraft is due to dock with the International Space Station, with the first unmanned lunar mission set for 2025.
According to earlier reports, Russia plans to land a Luna-25 research vessel on the south pole of the moon instead of its equator, where all other landings have been centered.
The 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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They better give this composite spacecraft a strong magnetic field to deflect the relativistic electrons and protons that can pass through even 0.25 inch
aluminum like it was not there. Being irradiated by these high energy electrons and protons can be lethal depending on luck, for example if the
solar CME is intense and directed aimed at the spacecraft.
I think we will see the truth of the lunar landing of the 1960s in the 2030s. I find it bizarre how none of the Apollo astronauts noted the
eyes full of sparkles effect that the Shuttle astronauts observed when the Shuttle followed a high orbit (about 1000 km above the surface
instead of the usual 350 km). The Shuttle astronauts really did go on this trip and experience the electron flux in the Earth's complex
Van Allen belts. One can question whether the Apollo astronauts ever ascended beyond LEO.