Russia has unveiled plans to build a colony on the moon within 20 years.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, said: “This is the very important moment for Roscosmos.”

He said the organization was struggling with financial burdens but there was a clear five-year plan that would lead to a new age of space technology.

Anatoly Petrukovich of the Russian Academy of Sciences said: “A trip to Mars with the current state of space travel technology is too complicated.

“The moon, therefore, is a much more logical goal.”

“The project we are experimenting with is for the long-term habitation by humans. It is about a colony on the surface of the moon.”

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