Russia to Launch Spacecraft to Moon


Russia to Launch Spacecraft to Moon

Tuesday, an announcement was made by the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos that it is now planning a moon shot so that water and soil samples could be searched for. The agency has told that the unmanned spacecraft would be launched from a new launchpad, based in the Far East.

The new Vostochny cosmodrome located in the Amur Region is not very far from China, the report reveals. It is being said that Lunar-Glob, the robotic lunar mission, is part of a program that was earlier kept on hold.

Shortage in funding was realized then and now the program has been resuscitated. Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Roscosmos, said that 1,100-pound space exploration vehicle would be delivered by the spacecraft along with 55 pounds of scientific equipment.

The spaceport is currently under construction, which would be launching the first of the four missions aimed at establishing a fully robotic lunar base. The launch of the spacecraft may occur in the year 2015 and the development of the lunar base may begin following the same.

Though, it was previously decided that the revived program would be resumed with the rocket launch in 2012. But, the launch was earlier postponed to 2010 and this time, it has been postponed further.

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