Russia to launch space base for mission to Moon, Mars

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Moscow, Dec 18 (UNI) Russia plans to deploy an orbiting base for manned and unmanned missions to the Moon and Mars after 2020, Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) head Anatoly Perminov said today.

'' After 2020, Russia plans to create and put into orbit a near-Earth experimental manned complex to ensure transport operations to the moon and Mars,'' Mr Perminov told RIA Novosti news agency.

He said Russia had tentative plans for manned missions to Mars, but since substantial technical and financial resources would be needed, a Mars expedition should be international.

The Russian Space Agency has received an order from the government to adjust its 2009 -2015 space programme making it more ambitious, Mr Perminov said.

'' By guaranteeing macroeconomic stability and high development rates in recent years, Russia has secured an opportunity to consider strategic goals, including in the space industry,'' he said.

He added that Russia has long-range projects on the development of the moon and Mars, as well as plans to build a manned spacecraft and a carrier with higher capacity to launch it, while a new Russian spaceport Vostochny, will be built in the Amur region.

'' The implementation of such large-scale and long-range projects should begin in the period covered by the current programme,'' he said, adding, '' That is why adjustments are required. Then the programme will become ambitious.'' UNI XC PB VC2025

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