Russia and the USA UU They will conduct a four-month joint experiment imitating a flight to the Deep Space Gateway lunar orbital station in 2019 in Moscow, the Russian Institute of Science said.
The press service of the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBMP) said this on Friday.
In 2016, the IBMP and NASA signed a cooperation agreement to carry out a series of experiments called SIRIUS.
Within its framework a series of experiments dedicated to the flight to the Moon will be carried out in 2025.
In September 2017, NASA and the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos signed an agreement on the possibility of creation of a lunar orbital station called Deep Space Gateway in the years 2020.
The scenario involves the imitation of a flight of a crew of six members to the Moon, docking in a space station similar to Deep Space Gateway.
Then, within two months, the crew will conduct an investigation and decide where to land, after which four crew members will land on the Moon, "said the press service.
The experiment will take place at IBMP facilities, where a complex has been built for experiments isolated from the outside world.The research itself will begin in 2019.
In addition to flight and station work, the experiment involves the recreation of the experience of walking in the surface of the Moon
This stage will take up to 10 days … After that, four crew members will have to take off from the Moon and dock at the station and return to Earth with their colleagues.
According to the IBMP, the crew will be international with at least two women.The experiment aims to test the equipment necessary to ensure the well-being of astronauts far from Earth, verify the system of medical badistance and other essential matters.
Before the four-month experiment there will be two weeks of preliminary investigation at the end of 2018.
Then, in the second half of 2019, an eight-month experiment is expected to begin, which will be followed by a one-year project beginning in early 2021.
In addition, Russia and the US UU have announced their intention to maintain cooperation after the end of the missions already planned during the period from 2023 to 2025, the press service concluded.