Roskosmos to search for extraterrestrial life


Roscosmos included plans to search for traces of extraterrestrial life into the project of the Federal Space Program (FSP) for 2015-2025. This information is given by RIA Novosti with reference to the text of the document.

Except searching for extra-terrestrial life, Roscosmos is going to study the evolution of the Earth’s climate, as well as other issues of astrobiology. The Federal Space Agency of Russia will do that with the help of new spacecrafts.

Thus, in 2016, they plan to launch the satellites “Lomonosov” and the automatic interplanetary station “ExoMars” No.1. In 2017, they will launch the observatory “Spektr-RG”; in 2018 – “ExoMars” No.2, and in 2019 - the moon exploration program “Luna-Glob”.

The space observatory “Spektr-UV” will be launched in 2021, the biosatellite “Bion-M” No.2 - in 2022. Roscosmos plans to conduct a launch of the space missions “ARKA” and “Resonans” No.1 in 2023; and the “Resonans” future generations (No. 2, 3, 4 and 5) will be sent into space from the end of 2024 to the beginning of 2025. The biosatellite “Bion-M” No.3 and the observatory “Interheliozond” will be launched in 2025.

The missions “Luna-Glob” and “Luna-Resurs-OA” (to launch in 2021) and “Luna-Resurs-PA” (to launch in 2022) are aimed at studying the moon.

It is expected that the FSP draft, adopted by the Roscosmos Scientific and Technical Council, will be sent for the Russian government’s consideration on June 10, 2015. Roscosmos asks about 2 trillion rubles ($38,927,600,000 – ed) to implement the project in 2016-2025. This amount is minimal to solve space activity acute problems.

Dr. Ellen Stofan who has worked as Principal Advisor to NASA science programs since 25 August, 2013, stated at the beginning of April, 2015, that the next 20 years the US Agency would find traces of extraterrestrial life in the solar system. Earlier, she admitted that the NASA’s main task was to achieve Mars.

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