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Russia postpones Luna-Glob moon mission
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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 12, 2012

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Russia's Luna-Glob moon mission will see its first moon landing in 2015, a year later than originally planned, the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences said Tuesday.

"We are planning to make the first moon landing on its South Pole in 2015 with a Luna-Glob landing module," Lev Zelyony, director of the institute, told reporters, adding that the next space vehicle, an orbital Luna-Glob vehicle, would fly in 2016.

According to Zelyony, the Luna-Glob mission was initially planned for 2014. However, the reason of postponement was not given.

After two expeditions, Russia plans to launch a heavy unmanned spaceship carrying two landing modules to the moon in 2017.

"Moon will be in the focus of our activity this decade. We are going to work out the important technologies there," Zelyony said.

Russia is also trying to undertake a joint lunar project with India and cooperate with China in the Earth magnetosphere research, he said.

Source: RIA Novosti

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