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Russia’s deputy PM calls for manned lunar outpost

Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has said his country should consider ambitious space projects such as building a manned base on the moon, according to a report by Russian news agency Ria Novosti.

Rogozin, who has special responsibility for space and defence, said the goal could be reached through the country’s recently established Future Research Fund, which is modelled on the United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The body, which will allocate $70 million this year, should work closely with the Russian space agency Roscosmos on the matter, he added.

“Many organisations are unfortunately stuck in their busy routines and they have no time to stop and think about new projects,” Rogozin is reported to have said.

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