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Picture of the Week: луна основа May 9, 2008

Posted by Nick Azer in Picture of the Week, Russia.

‘луна основа’ (or is it основа луна? My current knowledge of Russian grammar and diction is nonexistent, despite my ethnic roots) translates roughly to “moon base”, and not so roughly to a goal of modern Russia.

The above is a picture of the Moon above St. Petersburg (Санкт-Петербург). Yesterday, Russia (in theory) swore a new President into office, Dmitry Medvedev ( Дмитрий Медведев; that’s straight off Wikipedia, so that’s gotta be correct, right? :) ); a quick search turned up nothing on his record in relation to Russia’s moon base aspirations, but considering his relationship with Putin and the relatively recent announcement (August 31st, 2007) of the country’s official plans for a base by ~2032, things probably won’t change much. Though, dramatic moon missions always make for good PR, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Medvedev follow in Bush’s footsteps and have a large step forward in Russia’s moon efforts as an early kickstart to his term.



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