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    Russia Postpones Manned Moon Mission for 5 Years Space Agency

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    Russian space agency Roscosmos has postponed the first manned lunar mission from 2030 to 2035, according to the 2016-2025 space program unveiled Wednesday.

    VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME (Sputnik) Russia initially planned to launch a manned aircraft to the moon atop an Angara heavy rocket carrier from its Vostochny space port in 2025. The earlier version of the state space program – worth some 2 trillion rubles ($25 billion) – specified that the creation of a heavy carrier rocket would allow for a manned lunar landing by 2030.

    But the new edition, which had it budget trimmed down to 1.4 trillion rubles, plans to start setting aside funds to put a man on the moon after 2035.

    Reports transpired in Russian media last month claiming that Roscosmos had dropped its lunar program in light of the huge expenses. But Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said later the rumors were greatly exaggerated.

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    • Porkbelly Porkerpig
      It costs a lot more to actually put a man on the moon,
      than it does to film a fake landing in a movie studio.
    • Mikhas
      That´s ok. Man, represented by Russia the first and leading nation in space, want to be totally prepared for any eventualities, on her FIRST trip to the Moon.

      Hollywood & NASA may gnash their theet´s...
    • Trump 2016
      In view of the economic circumstances surely a joint venture with PRC can help us find out if the US deed was pure kubrick? The low key media over US space walkers still alive is very telling, its as if they dont exist?
    • Trump 2016in reply toPorkbelly Porkerpig(Show commentHide comment)
      Porkbelly Porkerpig, Its very strange, the astronauts who walked on the moon are keeping a very low profile? No celebrity kimkardashian status?!
    • michael
      I agree with the FB contributor, there are other more important things at the moment. :)
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