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Construction of Russian Lunar Orbital Station May Be Launched in 2025 - Report

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The construction of the Russian lunar orbital station may start in 2025 with the launch of the base module, according to a report entitled "Roadmap to the implementation of the lunar program," prepared by Russia's general designer of manned spacecraft Yevgeny Mikrin and obtained by Sputnik.

According to the report, the base module is planned to be put into operation in late 2025. After that, spacecraft and lunar landing modules will be able to dock at the station.

Earlier in November, Mikrin said at a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS), that the concept of the lunar station had been developed and the outpost could be built between 2030 and 2035.

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The Earth straddling the limb of the Moon, as seen from above Compton crater. Center of the Earth in this view is 4.04°N, 12.44°W, just off the coast of Liberia. The large tan area in the upper right is the Sahara desert, and just beyond is Saudia Arabia. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are visible to the left. WAC E1199291151C (Earth only), NAC M1199291564LR (Earth and Moon); sequence start time 12 October 2015 12:18:17.384 UTC - Sputnik International
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In late September, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, announced that Russia was planning to build its own lunar station.

Russia is also participating in the creation of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway project, brought forward by NASA. Russia has expressed discontent with its role in the project, which prompted the country to consider the creation of its own station.

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