Russia To Put Another Human on the Moon by 2030
Russia's space agency, Roscomsos, announced today that it would endeavor to send another human to the moon for the first time in over four decades. They expect to achieve this goal in the next fifteen years.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin made the announcement: "At the end of the next decade, we plan to complete tests of a super-heavy-class carries rocket and begin full-scale exploration of the Moon."
"By that time, based on the results of lunar surface exploration by unmanned space probes, we will designate [the] most promising places for lunar expeditions and lunar bases," said Oleg Ostapenko, head of Roscomsos.
According to Ostapenko, preliminary work has already begun on potential lunar spacecrafts: "Implementing the guidelines of the Basic Principles of Russia's space policy till the year 2030 and for a longer perspective, we have begun design works of a new manned spaceship, which will be the first element of a future manned system along with new launch vehicles - carrier rockets of the heavy and super-heavy classes."