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Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, wants to send astronauts to the Moon as part of a modern lunar program. The move effectively includes Russia in the list of countries getting ready to join the new space race, along with the United States and China.

During a visit to Kosmos at the all-Russian Center of Achievements of the National Economy, cosmonauts asked Putin if a manned mission was being planned, and he gave a firm, unambiguous response:

"Yes, it is."

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Category: Science