Russia Reveals Plan to Build Nuclear Power Plant on Moon for Joint Lunar Base with China

Russia has revealed that it is planning to build a nuclear power plant on the Moon as part of Moscow’s joint plans with Communist China for a massive lunar base.

The two countries are collaborating on the International Lunar Research Station.

The construction of the massive complex on the moon is set to break ground in 2026.

The proposed base will have a radius of nearly four miles, making it larger than any Disney theme park.

It will house scientists who will study the moon’s properties.

RIA reported Moscow was planning to deliver and install the plant between 2033 and 2035.

The report cites the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov.

In March, Borisov said Moscow was considering the idea of powering the station using nuclear energy.

The plan emerged because lunar nights last around 14 Earth days, making solar panels less viable as a power source on the Moon’s surface.

At the time, Borisov said the mission would see two Russian rockets try to reach the Moon’s north and south poles in 2028.

The creation of the International Scientific Lunar Station will unfold in two stages between 2025 and 2035, RIA reported, consisting of several modules.

Speaking in April, Borisov said it would be necessary to create a compact, reliable, durable long-term supply of nuclear energy for the base to operate.

China and Russia have confirmed they had been in talks regarding “outer space security” and “AI weapons.”

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Additionally, China confirmed in 2022 that it was joining forces with Russia to build the base to rival NASA’s planned Lunar Gateway project.

In February, Russian and Chinese officials met to address “doctrinal guidelines and initiatives of Russia and China,” reports said at the time.

The countries agreed to further cooperate under the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) of the States Parties to the Convention on Inhumane Weapons on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), a United Nations-backed policy on weapons R&D.

At the time, the Russian Foreign Ministry said:

“The meeting confirmed the closeness of the Russian and Chinese approaches to this issue.

“It was noted that there is a need for further close cooperation in this area both in the bilateral format and in the relevant multilateral platforms, primarily within the framework of the GGE on LAWS.”

China, meanwhile, added that talks covered “outer space security, biosecurity, and artificial intelligence.”

The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) also announced it was planning on installing an all-seeing surveillance system on the moon to protect the planned lunar base.

The system will use the same technology that the CCP uses to spy on its citizens.

The nation wants to use the “successful experience” of its authoritarian Skynet surveillance system to protect the planned base against “suspicious targets.”

The plan was revealed in a research paper written by scientists at the nation’s space agency that was published in an academic journal.

Skynet is the world’s largest surveillance network and is used to monitor every aspect of life in China.

With more than 600 million cameras, there is on average one camera for every two adults in the nation.

The news that Russia has started building the nuclear power plant is the latest move by the joint Moscow-Beijing effort in a renewed space race against the West.

The new race is warming up after half a century, with Russia, China, and America working to be the first to put humans, robots, and even lunar trains on the moon.

The prize is enormous, with resources ranging from “rare earth” minerals used in electronics to Helium-3, a potential energy source that could power a nuclear fusion revolution offering infinite clean energy.

Morgan Stanley has previously suggested that the global space industry could be worth $1 trillion annually by 2040.

It could also make SpaceX boss Elon Musk the world’s first trillionaire.

As Russia and China make plans for their Moon base, NASA is planning to put the first woman on Mars in the middle of this decade.

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman is drawing up plans for a railway on the moon to carry goods between bases, with the Moon’s south pole believed to hold reserves of water (which can be turned into fuel for spacecraft going to mine asteroids or land on Mars).

NASA has spoken about a “lunar gold rush,” with Russia saying that it would launch further lunar missions and then explore the possibility of a joint Russian-China crewed mission.

Rare earth metals – used in smartphones, computers, and advanced technologies – are available on the Moon, according to research by Boeing.

Helium-3 is a form of the gas helium that is rare on Earth.

However, NASA says there are estimates of a million tons of it on the Moon.

Helium 3 could provide nuclear energy in a fusion reactor.

Because Helium 3 is not radioactive, it would not produce dangerous waste.

Nevertheless, nuclear fusion is so far not yet financially viable, despite recent breakthroughs.

Most plans for “Moon mining” involve robots doing much of the work, overseen by humans either on Moon bases or on orbiting space stations.

But the law around who “owns” the Moon or its resources is unclear.

More than 80 countries already have a presence in space.

Philosopher AC Grayling writes in his new book “Who Owns the Moon?,” that a space-version of the Wild West is coming into existence.

“The consequences for peace and stability on Earth, already tenuous on conventional grounds … could be, and too likely will be, as petrol [gasoline] on to a fire.”

The UN 1966 Outer Space Treaty says that no nation can claim sovereignty over the Moon.

However, lawyers say it’s unclear whether a private entity can claim areas.

In 2020, the United States announced the Artemis Accords to establish “safe zones” on the Moon – but Russia and China have not joined.

The south pole is being targeted by China as well as NASA, which has identified 13 possible landing sites near the Moon’s south pole for the Artemis III.

Artemis III will return humans to the Moon.

Just 12 people have ever walked on the Moon – all of whom are men.

No one has been to the Moon since Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt in December 1972.

READ MORE – Top Democrat Tells Students the Moon Is a ‘Planet’ That Is ‘Made Up Mostly of Gases’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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