Roscosmos: Russia to prioritize studies of Moon, Mars, response to asteroid threat in 2016-2025
A new federal space program for 2016-2025 will prioritize studies of the Moon and Mars and response to the asteroid threat, Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) head Oleg Ostapenko said.
"The focus of the federal space program has been put on studies of the Moon, the asteroid dimension and studies of Mars. The lunar program will be the core of the first stage," Ostapenko said.
The same issues will be the focus of Russia's manned space program, he said.
The draft manned space program, which includes lunar studies, has been presented for the government's consideration. Program financing is being discussed, Ostapenko said.
Many issues, including new technologies for space rockets, are being taken into account in the new program, he said.
The program sets realistic goals based on the R&D groundwork and Roscosmos programs aimed at enrolling young talented specialists in the rocket and space industry, Ostapenko said.