No, everything is not Mars, and since late 2014 and throughout 2015, the Moon had a special attention by various countries, who announced their plans to start lunar exploration programs in the coming years. Among those missions include China, Japan, NASA and Russia, which also raised controversies between hand to visit our natural satellite.
A new entrant to this growing moon race today adds, because South Korea is announcing preparations for its first lunar mission in 2016, with a view to a moon landing after 2020.
South Koreans also want to visit the Moon
The government of South Korea, through the Ministry of Science, has been released, which is already considered the most ambitious space project in its history, which would consist of a lunar exploration mission beginning in 2016, culminating between 2020 and 2025. For this mission there is already a budget of "only" 17 million dollars for 2016, and a total of 169 million for the different stages of the mission.
No doubt this is a surprise announcement of which there were no known or rumors, but the Korean Space Agency explained that in the period 2016-2018 will be devoted to research work and the first designs and tests for the orbiter.
During 2018 and 2020, they would focus on the creation of a probe that would take an unmanned vehicle to the Moon. Both the probe, the orbiter and the ground station will be created with proprietary technology, while the rocket and some other tools will be manufactured with the help of NASA and private companies. The idea is that the first Korean astronauts reach the moon between 2020 and 2025 .
The Moon will have to wait for Russia
On the other hand, while in Korea are taking place in Russia are announcing that his mission to explore the Moon has been postponed until 2025, this due to the serious economic problems facing the country.
The mission would carry out Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, would start in 2016 and end in 2025, in order to have a moon landing in 2029. For this was earmarked a budget of 1.2 billion dollars, which not only serve to reach The moon, but also to create a lunar station, a moon landing complex, a robotic system for lunar trips and even a special suit to be used on the moon.
Russia has set a deadline by 2025, but the reality is that since they were announced the plans, the Russian people cried, saying that money should be aimed at resolving the country's problems and did not need to reach the moon . Some rumors say that the decision to "postpone" these plans is due more to criticism and attacks, rather than to an economic problem. We will see what happens in the following years.