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    Russia’s space agency said that Roscosmos does not intend to abandon the implementation of the Luna-Grunt (Lunar Sample-Return) project aimed at delivering lunar soil to the Earth.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Roscosmos does not intend to abandon the implementation of the Luna-Grunt (Lunar Sample-Return) project aimed at delivering lunar soil to the Earth, Russia’s space agency said on Tuesday.

    "Work on the lunar program, planned in the framework of the Federal Space Program for 2016-2025 years, will be implemented according to the plans. In particular, the contract for the development of the technical specification of the Luna-Grunt mission has been signed and will be implemented," the agency's spokesperson said.

    Earlier in the day, the scientific director of the Institute of Astronomy, Boris Shustov, said that Russia had abandoned the project, and of the five spacecraft intended to study the moon, only four were expected to be launched.

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