Russia plans unmanned moon mission in 2015

Jan 15, 2013

The Russian Space Agency says it will send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2015 from a new launch pad in the country's Far East.

Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the rocket booster would deliver a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) space exploration vehicle with up to 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of scientific equipment that would search for water and take soil samples.

Popovkin said the moon-bound spacecraft would be launched from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome. President Vladimir Putin has vowed to invest $1 billion in building this launch pad in the Amur Region not far from the Chinese border.

Russia's last and only moon mission was accomplished in 1973.

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5 / 5 (1) Jan 15, 2013
"Russia's last and only moon mission was accomplished in 1973."

The Soviet Union had a number of successful lunar orbital and surface missions, including rovers and sample return vehicles, between 1966-1976:

http://en.wikiped...31976.29

http://en.wikiped...31974.29

The last Soviet moon mission, a sample return, was Luna 24 in August 1976:

http://en.wikiped.../Luna_24

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