Moscow: Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, plans to build a secret base on the moon that will eventually hold up to 12 cosmonauts, Russian state news agency Sputnik.
Olga Zharova, spokesperson of a research institute with Roscosmos, reportedly said that the lunar outpost project was initiated in the late 1960s-early 1970s. The base will be set up on the Moon surface, while radiation protection shelters and energy units can be hidden underground.
At the initial stage, the Moon base will be manned by no more than 2-4 people, with their number later rising to 10-12 people," Zharova of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) told the newspaper Izvestia on Tuesday.
The location for the outpost has not been chosen yet. The Moon’s South Pole is generally perceived as the optimal choice. The colonization of the Moon will start with identifying a perfect spot where manned and cargo spaceships could land safely, she added.
It is likely that Russia’s moon base will be used for scientific research and perhaps the mining of minerals, but it may also have some sort of military function, according to The Sun.