An artist's impression of the Russian probe set to arrive on the moon in 2015 (Image: Space Research Institute)
An artist's impression of the robotic lunar base that Russia set out to build by 2037 (Image: ESA)
Russia is planning to launch probe Luna-Glob in 2015 as a first step toward building a fully robotic base on the surface of the Moon (Image: NASA)
The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is planning to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the Moon in 2015, a first step toward the ambitious long-term plan to establish a robotic base on the surface of our largest satellite. The spacecraft, called Luna-Glob ("Moon globe"), will be followed by two more orbiters and two rovers that will study the lunar soil locally and collect samples of rocks and dust, bringing them back to Earth for analysis.
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