Russia wants lunar colonies by 2030
October 21, 2011
Russian space experts believe that the moon could be colonized by 2030. This speculation is based upon a recent discovery by a Japan's Kayuga spacecraft. Below the moon's surface lurks a vast, interconnected network of tunnels, which were believed to be formed by volcanoes long ago, The Chicago Tribune reports. Russian space experts had long suspected this to be the case, and now that it is confirmed, they have suggested that an underground colony could be built on the moon.
"If it turns out that the moon has a number of caves that can provide protection from radiation and meteor showers, it could be an even more interesting destination than previously thought," Russian space official Sergei Krikalyov explained to reporters, according to the news source. "There wouldn't be any need to dig the lunar soil and build walls and ceilings… It would be easy enough to use an inflatable module with a hard outer shell to seal the caves."
Boris Kryuchkov, the deputy science head at the Star City cosmonaut training center, believes that the first of these colonies could be completed by 2030, according to TG Daily.