Russia to send probe to moon

Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 00:00

Russia will resume a long-dormant quest to explore the moon by sending an unmanned probe there in 2015, the head of the space agency has been quoted as saying.

The craft, called Luna-Glob, or Moon-Globe, will be carried by the first rocket to blast off from a new facility that Russia is building in its far eastern Amur region, the Roskosmos director has said, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russian space officials say Luna-Glob would consist of an orbital module and a probe that would land on the moon and beam back information about samples it takes from the surface.

– (Reuters)