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article imageRussia announces 'full-scale Moon exploration' by early 2030s

By Greta McClain     Sep 24, 2014 in Science
Moscow - Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency have announced plans to begin full-scale Moon exploration within the next 15 to 20 years.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Oleg Ostapenko, chief of Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency. During a joint meeting between Ostapenko and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Ostapenko said:
“At the end of the next decade, we plan to complete tests of a super-heavy-class carries rocket and begin full-scale exploration of the Moon. By that time, based on the results of lunar surface exploration by unmanned space probes, we will designate most promising places for lunar expeditions and lunar bases."
The exploration mission will begin with unmanned space probes studying the lunar surface. Manned expeditions are tentatively planned to begin during the late 2020s and early 2030s.
Most of the preparation work will be part of Russia's new 2016-2025 federal space program according to the Russian news outlet, ITAR-TASS. However Roscosmos intends to continue looking at space exploration plans that will be conducted through 2050 and beyond.
Work on a new manned spacecraft is already underway, which is the first phase of the planned manned expedition system. New launch vehicles, including heavy and super-heavy carriers, are also in the works according to Ria Novosti. The newly designed spacecraft will be used to deliver supplies to cosmonauts to the Moon.
When reporters asked when the first moon settlement would be completed, Alexander Ivanov, First Deputy of Roscosmos, said that was a "complex" question that required "additional attention."
In other space news, India's mission to Mars successfully entered the planet's orbit on Wednesday, and now the country joins the U.S., Russia and Europe in sending probes to orbit or land on Mars.
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