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Russia plans manned Moon mission by 2025

By RobotGod     Sep 1, 2007 in Science
Russia plans to a manned mission to the Moon by no later then 2025 and wants to build a permanent base there shortly after, the head of Russian space agency Roskosmos said Friday.
Yahoo news reports on Russia's planned man moon mission.
The only moon landing in the history of civilization is NASA's Apollo expedition in 1968.
"According to our estimates we will be ready for a manned flight to the Moon in 2025," Anatoly Perminov told reporters. An "inhabited station" could be built there between 2027 and 2032, he said.
Perminov said that Russia's space programme gets less than 10 percent of the funding that the US programme receives, yet still has great ambitions.
They intend to complete their part of the International Space Station by 2015 so that the ISS "becomes a fully-fledged space research centre and they say that "Major modernisation" will also be carried out on the Soyuz craft used to ferry people and cargo to the station.
Of course Mars remains a long term goal. They hope to have manned flights there sometime after 2035, in fact.
The challenges of such missions remain huge challenges for the moment, but it sounds like they expect it all to fall in place.
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