The Space Race resumes.
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Roskosmos, the Russian space agency, has announced that the country will begin its exploration of the moon after almost 40 years of silence. The rebirth of Russia‚Äôs lunar exploration will begin in 2015 when at least four robot probes are scheduled to be sent to the moon. In addition, Roskosmos is planning to send a team of Russia astronauts to moon no later than 2030.
The newly planned mission to Mars is expected to be developed and launched from a new space center named Vostochny Kosmodrome. The space center, which cost an estimated $1 billion, is currently being constructed in the far east of Russia in the Amur region.