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14:13 15/01/2013

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015

MOSCOW, January 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will launch a robotic lunar station in 2015, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin said on Tuesday.

Luna-Glob will lift off from the Vostochny space port in Russia’s Far East after several test launches, he said.

Luna-Glob is the first of four missions planned before the creation of a fully robotic lunar base scheduled for after 2015.

The orbiter will have a payload of 120 kilograms (260 pounds), including equipment for astrophysics experiments, dust monitors, and plasma sensors to study ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays.

Read more: Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015 | Science | RIA Novosti.

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