Life in the Isle of Man
News from 2011
Back to the moon? The Isle of Man is the fifth most likely country in the world to return to the lunar surface Industry insiders have already said the island is already ‘punching above its weight’ in the 21st century space race. But although they are regarded as one of the most likely to go to the moon, industry analysts Ascend make them 50-1 outsiders. Excalibur Almaz, a US-Russian company hoping to run tourist trips to space, bought the two ex-Soviet stations. They were built for a secret reconnaissance programme but never used. The company, which has its headquarters on the Isle of Man, wants to refurbish the units and send them into orbit from Russia. Economic development minister Allan Bell said that the space industry gives the island a ‘unique selling point’ when they are trying to attract investment and diversify the economy.Currently the financial services industry provides 38 per cent of GDP which stands at £3.1billion. Mr Bell told the Financial Times:
Life in Russia
Looks like Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich might have some competition if he wants to be the first to build a base on the Moon. Last week, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos announced plans to put a man on the Moon by the end of the decade with a lunar base as its next step.
After canceling its lunar Zond program in early 1970s, the former Soviet Union took aim elsewhere in space. In 1998, Russia jumped back in the Moon game with Luna Glob, a series of robotic missions to the Moon that could come together to make a lunar orbiting space station or a base on the surface.