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Russia to carry out up to 20 space projects by 2015

RIA Novosti

04/10/2007 17:06 MOSCOW, October 4 (RIA Novosti) - Under the Federal space program for 2006-2015 Russia plans to conduct over 20 scientific projects, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) head Anatoly Perminov told Thursday

"In particular, we have plans to build special-purpose spacecraft fitted with scientific equipment. The research will focus on fields like astrophysics, and planetary science," he said.

He said that planned flights included to Phobos, the Mars satellite, and to the Moon.

The Roskosmos head also said that the Russian biological satellite Foton-M, which landed on September 27, 2007, conducted over 70 experiments while in space.

"Space and science are mutually dependent and virtually inseparable today," he said.

Commenting on the first Russian satellite launch in 1957 Perminov said it was an outstanding technical achievement opening up the era of satellite use, both in Russia and abroad. "We are very proud that our country was the first. Our current space potential is sufficient for all areas of space research and exploration activity, from spacecraft development to the result, leading into orbit," he added.

"The fundamental research performed within the short period [50 years] has changed our view of the world," he said.

Perminov added he had signed an order to award over 100 scientists at the Russian Academy of Science with Roskosmos medals.

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