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MOSCOW, January 15 (Itar-Tass) — The first spacecraft from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East will be launched to the Moon, the head of Roscosmos, the federal space agency, Vladimir Popovkin, told reporters on Tuesday.
“In 2015 the Luna-Glob spacecraft (Russian for Moon-globe) will be used as a payload during the first launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome,” he said. “From there we will start our exploration of the Moon.”
Moreover, under the Russian space program a rocket with a new-generation manned craft, the New Generation Piloted Transport Ship (PTK NP), will take off from the new cosmodrome in 2018.
According to earlier reports, the flight tests of PTK NP will start in 2017.
A Zenit carrier rocket is expected to take Luna-Glob to the Moon.