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    MOSCOW, July 4 (RIA Novosti) - A senior Federal Space Agency official said Monday that Russia's federal space program to 2015 had been finalized. The program is designed to expand the use of space, intensify international cooperation, and strengthen Russia's space-exploration capabilities, FSA deputy head Nikolai Moiseyev said at a European conference on aerospace research. Moiseyev said efforts to fulfill tasks laid out in the program were under way in several main areas approved by the government.

    Under the program, Russia also intends to continue research on manned space flights, and will use the experience it has gained while working on the International Space Station (ISS).

    Moiseyev said three modules were slated for completion under the program.

    "The first module is a laboratory. It is scheduled to be completed in 2007. The second, scientific, module will be completed in 2009, while a research module will be built in 2011," Moiseyev said.

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