Moscow plans to put cosmonauts on the Moon

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    For more: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-11-23/Moscow-plans-to-put-cosmonauts-on-the-Moon-VEZf2Q4BdC/index.html As China gets ready to launch its latest Moon mission, Russia is preparing for the next phase of its own lunar program. This comes amid renewed interest in lunar research among space-exploring countries. As one of the major players, Russia has some rather ambitious goals. Julia Chapman reports from Moscow.

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