Kremlin announced the 26-year plan in state-run newspaper this morning

Deputy PM says moon is only realistic source of minerals and resources

First mission to launch in 2016 and ‘base will be up and running by 2040’

Comments came as Putin marked Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space

By WILL STEWART IN MOSCOW

via Russia plans to colonise space and the Moon ‘FOREVER’ | Mail Online.