Russia's Space Plans Include Spacecraft to Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Venus by 2030
March 16, 2012 2:48 PM
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Roscosmos is also looking to replace its current Soyuz and Proton rockets with a new rocket called Angara by 2020
Russia has laid out some lofty space-related goals in a strategy document issued by Russia's Federal Space Agency, known as Roscosmos.
By 2030, Russia plans to send cosmonauts to the moon as well as unmanned spacecraft to Jupiter, Mars and Venus. Also, Roscosmos is looking to replace its current Soyuz and Proton rockets with a new rocket called Angara by 2020.
Roscosmos' moon-related efforts not only include a manned lunar landing by 2030, but also the development of a space station in orbit around the moon. The idea behind this plan is to replace the International Space Station, which is only
expected to stick around until 2020
In addition to a trip to the moon, Roscosmos wants to send unmanned robotic probes to Jupiter, Mars and Venus by 2030.
Instead of using the Soyuz and Proton launch vehicles that Russia has used to carry loads since the 1960's, it wants to use the Angara rocket to complete such missions by 2020. Angara will be a six-seat spaceship that will launch from a new spaceport called Vostochny in eastern Russia.
Russia's ambitious space goals are a bit surprising considering the troubles the country has had lately. Last year alone, Russia had a Rockot launch vehicle fail to place a satellite in order correctly, a Proton rocket send a communications satellite to the wrong orbit, an unmanned Progress 44 supply ship crash on its way to the ISS, and a
Soyuz 2 rocket crashed
after launch in December.
Earlier this year, the Mars probe Phobos-Grunt finally made its way back to Earth after getting stuck in Earth's orbit two months previous.
Russia isn't the only one trying to get its space affairs in order. The U.S. is currently working on sending its own spacecraft to the ISS after NASA retired its space shuttle fleet last year. Since the retirement, the U.S. has been stuck having to depend on Russia to get to the ISS, which has
proved to be a costly investment
. American space transport company SpaceX was expected to be the
first commercial company in history to dock at the ISS
in February, but the flight was delayed for further improvements to its Dragon spacecraft.
In addition, the U.S. hopes to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars by 2030.
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3/19/2012 1:42:01 PM
I gave a really long explanation on the tax/spending situation last week somewhere on here, and to be honest there are a lot of things that need to be changed but they will never happen because nobody has the guts to implement them. It would be political suicide for any politician and it would make most Americans tighten up so much they thought they were wearing pants 4 sizes too small, but you know what, sometimes it just has to be done.
One thing that has to go away is the fact that 50% of Americans pay no income taxes. It is simply impossible for the rich to carry all the burden of supporting the country unless you consider rich to be making more than about $35K per year and you are taxing them at a rate of about 35% of their income, every single person making above that amount at that rate! Those not making that much and who are also bringing in most of their income from government assistance will always accept that the government is right to do such things until they have to begin to contribute money, then maybe they will also begin to be concerned. Make all people pay at least some income tax, even have it taken out of their assistance checks. If everyone doesn't see it then it isn't on their minds, and stop handing it all back when they file taxes.
The second thing is to drastically cut the federal government's workforce. There are so many things that are duplicated or triplicated and unorganized it isn't even funny. Make pay and raises for government jobs performance based just as it is in the private sector and have them paying into retirement the same as private sector workers do, heck many if not most private sector workers now only have 401K retirement plans, why not the same for government workers.
We have become a society of grasshoppers when we need to be a society of ants. (for anyone too young to know that story just search "The Grasshopper and the Ant") The sad thing is that before long we are going to have to face up to how we have lived for so long now whether or not we want to. People like to talk about "The Great Recession" but that was nothing compared to "The Great Depression", we were not stagnated as a nation or economy for 10+ years like we were back then, and I hope we wise up before it happens again.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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