The huge ambition of space agencies around the world to colonize the Moon continue, and Russia and China are the last countries that are determined to embark on such a journey. No astronaut has laid foot on our natural satellite for over half a century, but it’s never too late to change things, especially considering the unprecedented boost in technology that currently characterizes our world.
But this time, it’s not enough to just go to the Moon again. Building an entire human infrastructure there is practically mandatory, and although we don’t know for sure when it will happen, it’s certain that space agencies are seriously considering the scenario.
Get ready for The International Lunar Research Station (ILRS)
According to Universe Today, Russia and China are pursuing the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) agreement, and they’re looking for partners.
China Global Television Network (CGTN) says:
Titled “International Lunar Research Station Roadmap (V1.0),” the roadmap and the “Guide for Partnership (V1.0)” were presented by the two organizations at a forum of the Global Space Exploration Conference 2021 held in Russia from June 14 to 18. The two documents provide information about the concept, research field and cooperation opportunity of the ILRS.
The ILRS is a merger of the plans of China and Russia regarding lunar exploration. The two countries have signed agreements for establishing a common data center for lunar and even deep-space exploration.
Another important statement says, as cited by Universe Today:
The most efficient and productive investigation, exploration and use of the Moon can be achieved only in a broad international partnership with an attraction of other countries, international organizations and international partners. CNSA and Roscosmos jointly invite all interesting international partners to cooperate and contribute more for the peaceful exploration and use of Moon in the interests of all humankind, adhering to the principles of equality, openness and integrity.
The Apollo 17 mission from December 1972 represented the last time humans have set foot on our natural satellite. The crew consisted of Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt. A biological experiment that contained five mice was also carried along with the mission.