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Astronomical Research Center (A.R.C.)

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12 | News | 2010/08/17 272 | Print

Moon race Russia & India vs. China

Talks about a joint Russian and Indian robotic mission to check out lunar resources at the poles. Set to launch in 2013 to roughly match the scheduled lunar landing of China's Chang'e spacecraft.     

    The proposed Indian rover is 15 kilograms, a far cry from the 750 kg Soviet Lunokhod rovers of the 1970s. I believe Moore's Law will have an increasing impact on space exploration.

    "According to Mr Zakharov, landing at the poles the Moon could be arranged so that it ensures the largely uninterrupted communications of the spacecraft with ground control." -- I don't see how this could be if they land in one of the craters that seem to have water ice. I'd be surprised if any of those locations enjoy line of sight with earth.

 

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