Nuclear Power Plant on the Moon: Russia and China’s Ambitious Joint Initiative

The news reveals an ambitious joint initiative between Russia and China to establish a nuclear power plant on the lunar surface between the years 2033 and 2035. This partnership is part of a broader space program with the goal of exploring and utilizing nuclear energy in space.

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Yuri Borisov, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and former Defense Minister, shared these plans in a statement on Tuesday (5). He emphasized that the two countries are currently committed to seriously considering the feasibility of this project, which would involve the delivery and installation of a nuclear power unit on the Moon, in collaboration with the Chinese.

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Borisov explained that the need for a reliable energy source for future human settlements on the Moon is crucial, and solar panels may not be sufficient to meet this demand. Therefore, nuclear energy emerges as a promising alternative.

He also stressed that the challenge of establishing a nuclear power plant on the Moon is significant and requires automated approaches, without the presence of humans on site. This implies that the operation would be carried out through probes or remotely controlled spacecraft.

This initiative highlights the growing cooperation between Russia and China in the field of space exploration and reflects the mutual interest in developing advanced technologies to sustain future human missions and activities on the Moon.