Russia and China Join Forces To Build Moon Base

Russia and China Join Forces To Build Moon Base

Noah MacAulay, Writer

         China has announced a partnership with Russia to build the first moon base either on the surface of the moon or in its close orbit. On March ninth the Chinese Space Agency announced “China and Russia will use their accumulated experience in space science, research and development as well as the use of space equipment and space technology to jointly develop a road map for the construction of an international lunar scientific research station (ILRS)”.

 

         The agencies announced they planned on creating an “open access ILRS for all interested countries and international partners, with the goal of strengthening research cooperation and promoting the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind.” The station will not only conduct research but will be research itself as it will be made of experimental technology and traditional research facilities. The Bases location depends on upcoming research about building this base but it will be built either in orbit of the moon or on the moon’s surface, either way making it the first base of its kind. The Base will be “testing technologies with the possibility of long-term unmanned operation with the prospect of human presence on the moon.” The Base is currently still in concept as the two agencies work together to create a plan of action and all the requirements for this project.

 

         This partnership is likely founded on Russia’s recent lack of success with space exploration, seeing probe launch disappointments while they have their budget repeatedly cut. China has also wanted to expand its space program and influence beyond the earth and Russia is an ideal partner as they already have the resources and instruments to carry out such a plan. The two agencies also have complementary knowledge with Russia focusing and succeeding on sending manned flights into space and making shuttles designed to carry humans safely, Russia has sent many people into space and until the SpaceX flight of last year the U.S relied on Russia for transport into space. On the other hand, China is very good at unmanned and durable machines in space such as their 2019 unmanned launch to the far side of the moon. China has sent a probe to Mars and it has entered the atmosphere this February and will be landing in May or June. China has also brought back rock samples from the moon making it the third country to do so despite starting its space program 10 years after the space race. China has also committed to sustainably putting citizens on the moon by 2030.

 

         In conclusion, this partnership will greatly help our understanding of the moon and the challenges of creating sustainable habitats in outer-worldly environments, get more big players in the space game which can help our development in branching out into space and could even start another space race benefiting all mankind with new knowledge and technology.