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Russia Plans Moon, Venus, Mercury Exploration Projects, RIA Says

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April 7 (Bloomberg) -- Russia’s Academy of Sciences plans several projects to explore the moon, Venus and Mercury in the next 20 years, RIA Novosti said citing a draft program on solar system exploration.

Russia plans to send two moon rovers after 2020 and several landing stations after 2022 to form a lunar practice ground for exploring the satellite’s polar areas, RIA said.

Scientists are also planning to launch the Venus-D lander, an orbital unit and a satellite after 2024 to explore Venus’s atmosphere and geology, the agency said. The country’s plan for the first-ever lander to Mercury won't be for at least 20 years, later than an earlier target of 2019, RIA said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow at msysoyeva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net