It took longer than expected, but right now it looks like Russia has won the space race. America no longer even has a space fleet, our astronauts are forced to resort to hitching rides on Russian space capsules on their way to the international space station.
But at least we went to the Moon.
The United States is the only country to ever land a man on the lunar surface. That means we win right? Probably not. Russia’s making plans to send a Cosomonaut to walk in Neil Armstrong’s footprints… or at least on the same lunar ground where they’ve sat, undisturbed for more than 40-years.
The Daily Mail has a leaked Russian document detailing their space agency’s plans to return to Earth’s only natural satellite. They even have a timeline, with 2030 slated as the date for their manned launch.
The good news here is that, just as it did back in the sixties, if Russia gets serious about space travel it may prompt other countries, like the United States to do so as well. Nobody wants to be left behind while Cosmonauts explore the solar system.
The bad news is that, well, Russia lies a lot. They’re always spouting off some crazy plan for a return to space dominance and most of the time nothing comes of it. We’ll let you know if this one actually pans out.
Why does any of this matter? Isn’t it just a bunch of rocks? Maybe, but there’s still a lot to learn. For instance, did you know that this is how the Moon was formed…
More importantly, getting back to the moon is the first step towards the much larger goal of exploring our entire solar system. We’ve waited long enough. It doesn’t matter who does it anymore, as long as someone does. Humanity must head for the stars.