Russia and Japan aim for the Moon
By Eric Hand May 22, 2012
"It was a rare confluence — the heads of the space agencies for Europe, Canada and Russia, along with senior representatives from the space agencies of India and Japan — all up on the dais together at a hotel in Washington DC, where they were on hand on 22 May to talk about the benefits of international collaboration at the Global Space Exploration Conference."
And, "Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, said that Russia will pursue extensive, long-lived operations at the Moon’s surface. 'We’re not talking about repeating what mankind achieved 40 years ago,' Popovkin said, through a translator. 'We’re talking about establishing permanent bases.'"
And, "Similarly, JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency, issued a clear pronouncement about targeting the Moon. 'We are looking at the Moon as our next target for human exploration,' said Yuichi Yamaura, an associate executive director at JAXA."Russia Sees Moon Base As Logical Next Step
By Frank Morring, Jr.
"Mankind’s next objective in space exploration should be the establishment of a permanent international base on the Moon, in the “professional opinion” of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, instead of the near-Earth object (NEO) visit that is the stated goal of U.S. space policy."
And, "'It’s a new Moon,' Popovkin said of his agency’s concept during a panel appearance with other space agency chiefs. A long-term permanent base could take advantage of the water-ice at the lunar poles, continue exploring the lunar surface, and prepare for the next leap into the Solar System, he says."Will Mitt Romney Fire Space Advisor Michael Griffin For Proposing Permanent Moon Base?
May 24, 2012
"While speaking to Global Space Exploration Conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Romney Space Advisor Michael Griffin renewed his calls for a 'permanent base on the moon.' Given Romney's promise to fire anyone who proposed putting a colony on the moon, will Romney keep his promise by firing Griffin?"Roscosmos, JAXA Officials Advocate Lunar Exploration
By Dan Leone
"NASA is setting its sights on an asteroid as the next big landing destination for astronaut explorers, but senior officials with two of the agency’s international space station (ISS) partners say the Moon should be the goal."
Where are humans going? Oh, I get it. Everywhere. Moon first, right? Build a Lunar Base, yes? Good. I'm glad that goal is finally clear...