Russian scientists have taken one small step back in time by using a communist-era gravity machine ahead of their planned mission to the moon.
Putin’s boffins are using the 1970s Selen technology to discover how easy it would be for their cosmonauts to walk on the lunar surface and get out of a rover vehicle.
Experts from the state-backed space agency Roscosmos also claim RSC Energia are working on a new spacesuit to make moon walking easier.
Newly released CGI footage appears to show to cosmonauts standing on top of a hill which overlooks a large lunar settlement.
The company’s deputy head of research Alexander Poleshuk said: “We conduct these experiments in order to see if there’s anything we can recommend to the system developers in terms of streamlining work on the moon.
“After all, walking on the moon in a spacesuit is not easy – rovers or special forms of transport are needed, and you need to be able to get into them and sit in a comfortable position, then find space to fit all your equipment.
“In order to get all of this right, practice is needed.”
After finishing their experiments experts will plan the mission logistics before developing lunar bases, runway facilities and other critical parts.
SOURCE: JON LOCKETT