Russians on Moon

Contest Info

  • Started: 9/2/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 9/4/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 11
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Russians on Moon
Contest Directions: Latest ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin are no longer contained within this planet. As part of the renewed space program, Russian space agency announced that it plans to send their cosmonauts to the Moon and establish a permanent astronaut base there. Russia's space program has suffered a dramatic decline in the 90s due to a lack of funds. Since 2001 Russia started taking space tourists on their space missions with tickets selling for about $30 million. It has also launched satellites for other countries. Such role of Russia as a "space taxi" helped make solid financial injections into their space program over the last 6 years.
Photoshop anything connected to a Russian mission to the Moon. Examples may include showing how Russians would explore the Moon if they landed on it during the Soviet Union era, or nowadays. What if Russians were the first men on the Moon, superseding America? Show the photos of Russian moon missions and what a Russian moon base may look like. These are just some ideas, the "sky" is the limit.

Contest Info

    • Started: 9/2/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 9/4/2007 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 11
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
11 pictures
  • Vladimir Putin Puts Russian Flag on the Moon

    Vladimir Putin Puts Russian Flag on the Moon
  • Vladimir Putin in a Pland Orbiting the Moon

    Vladimir Putin in a Pland Orbiting the Moon
  • Moscow on the Moon

    Moscow on the Moon
  • Astronauts on a Rope From the Earth to the Moon

    Astronauts on a Rope From the Earth to the Moon
  • Red Russian Moon

    Red Russian Moon
  • Vladimir Putin and George Bush on Moon

    Vladimir Putin and George Bush on Moon
  • Russian Eclipse of the Moon

    Russian Eclipse of the Moon
  • Russian Flag Moon with Vodka Bottle

    Russian Flag Moon with Vodka Bottle
  • Russian Moon Landing

    Russian Moon Landing
  • Gollum and the Russian Moon Exploration

    Gollum and the Russian Moon Exploration
11 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Russia's federal space agency's chief Anatoly Perminov declared long term project of Roscosmos, in relevance to mission Russian cosmonauts to the moon will be possible in 2025 , to the Mars after 2035 and first Russian space tourist is planned in 2009, reports BBC. Soon after first missions to the Moon in 2028, on its surface it is planned to create a permanent manned base, and also opening up circumlunar orbit. Besides missions to other planets, Roscosmos is planning to create asteroid safety system, construction of manned platform in circumterrestrial orbit and new manned craft. When Russia builds in circumterrestrial orbit manned platform, which allows constructing aircrafts in space, then there will be possibility to send missions to Mars and other planets. Mr. Perminov underscored that the platform will be "high-latitude to cover larger part of Russia". According to the chief of Roscosmos, with the help of new manned platform we can solve other tasks, for instance, study of the North Atlantic Ocean and The Arctic Ocean. Roscosmos's plan anticipates construction of a new manned ship which also needs launching pad. Where to build- in Baikonur in Kazakhstan or in Russia- Roscosmos is yet to decide. A. Perminov notes that construction of such pad in Russian territory should be built from scratch which involves serious monetary costs. "In case of manned aeronautics Up to 2040 we don't see any alternative to Kazakhstan", said Roscosmos's chief. American space agency NASA recently declared that every dollar invested in space sector returns profit of 5-6$. Unlike American colleagues, Russian space agency does not maintain such calculations. "But I can say that every ruble invested in space saves 6-7 rubles in other sectors of economy," -said Anatoly Perminov. According to him in recent years profitability of missile and space industry increased three times and prove-in performance- two times. Not withstanding this, funding of Russian space industry can not be compared with American programs; if American budget for space is $18.8 billion, then Roscosmos budget is only $1.2 billion. So now with USA there is no race as such because of difference funding. It is known that now first Russian space tourist is undergoing training for space trip in 2009, but Perminov declined to disclose his name. I can only say that the tourist is serious respected businessman and politician- Perminov informed and added that he is a young man. Roscosmos's head pointed that there have not been such talks with President Putin and said" I think President knows, where to fly to and where to engage in."