January 12, 2013 16:50
Russia plans to create systems for flights to Moon
MOSCOW. Jan 12 (Interfax-AVN) - The Russian state program Space Activities of Russia for 2013 - 2020 envisions the development of interplanet flight technologies and technologies used for human activities on other planets.
Specifically, the program envisages "the creation of a promising manned transport system capable of ensuring manned flights to the Moon," the document posted on the Roscosmos website says.
"Projects will be implemented in the sphere of fundamental space research that will help overcome the current lag from the leading space powers in this sphere and ensure that Russian science takes leading positions in the main areas of space sciences and become a global leader in the studies of the Universe in the long-term perspective," the program says.
Specifically, there are plans to create "three space observatories Spektr-UF, Spektr-M (Millemetron), and Gamma-400 for studying astrophysical objects in various electromagnetic and gamma-radiation ranges in the high energy range."
A program for "in-depth study of the Moon, which will include missions of the orbital spacecraft Moon-Resource (stages 1 and 2) and missions for delivering lunar soil samples to Earth for detailed study."
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