[FPSPACE] Russia Space Agency Plans To Build Own Orbital Station
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Fri Jan 30 00:11:12 EST 2009
Russia Space Agency Plans To Build Own Orbital Station
by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jan 30, 2009
Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will propose to the government the construction of a low-orbit space station to support future exploration of the Moon and Mars, an agency official said Thursday.
"We will soon propose to our government a project to construct a low-orbit complex, which could serve as a foundation for the implementation of the lunar program and later on - the Mars program," Alexei Krasnov, director of manned flight programs at Roscosmos, told a news conference in Moscow.
Krasnov said that Russia, as well as other countries, "is looking at the Moon in a mid-term perspective, and would want not only to go there and come back, but to establish a lunar base, which would allow us to start exploring Mars in the future."
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