Russian Luna-Globe and Luna-Resurs rovers will land on the Moon and start their search for hydrogen compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences President Yuri Osipov said at a meeting of the Academy Presidium.
Russian scientists at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have chosen six venues for landing the Luna-Glob probe. With the launch of the probe in 2014, Russia will resume its Moon-exploration programme using automatic stations, which was started by Lunakhods several decades ago.
According to Russian space officials, a Russian robotic probe named Luna Globe and a similar Russian-American craft named Luna Resource will be exploring polar areas on the Moon for a possible presence of water. Both missions are to be launched in 2014. Luna Globe will touch down on lunar surface.