So in the interest of our Nation, Technological advancement, betterment of all kind, oh, and for a 51 state or a new U.S. Territory, the USA will have to hurry in what appears to be shaping up as the new race to the moon!
Apparently the plan held by the Russian Federal Space Agency has as its final goal (by 2037) a robotic lunar base that will have a solar power station, a long-range research rover, as well as dedicated satellites that will meet whatever needs will be there at that time. Along the way to 2037 are many steps. First there is an unmanned space craft they call: Luna Glob (it means Moon Globe.)Then they have two orbited followed by two rovers that will study terrain and soil and bring samples back to Earth for even more study. Next a orbiter/rover mission will explore the South pole for about one year. (the planned moonbase is pictured below)