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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>From Interfax via Russian Behind the Headlines<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><a
href="http://rbth.com/news/2016/04/20/russia-may-delay-lunar-mission-until-mid-2019-source_586571">http://rbth.com/news/2016/04/20/russia-may-delay-lunar-mission-until-mid-2019-source_586571</a><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<h1 style='margin-top:0in;vertical-align:baseline'><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place
 w:st="on"><b><font size=4 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:15.0pt;
  font-family:Arial;color:black'>Russia</span></font></b></st1:place></st1:country-region><font
size=4 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:15.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'> may delay lunar mission until mid-2019<o:p></o:p></span></font></h1>

<p class=MsoNormal style='vertical-align:baseline'><span class=date><b><font
size=2 color="#555555" face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
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style='box-sizing: border-box;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;
font-stretch: inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit'>April 20, 2016</span></span></font></b></span><span
class=apple-converted-space><font size=2 color="#555555" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#555555'> </span></font></span><span
class=author><b><i><font size=2 color="#555555" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#555555;text-transform:uppercase;
border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic'><a
href="http://rbth.com/author/Interfax" style='box-sizing: border-box;
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color="#555555"><span style='color:#555555'>INTERFAX</span></font></a></span></span></font></i></b></span><font
size=2 color="#555555" face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
Arial;color:#555555'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline'><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>The first mission
of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Russia</st1:place></st1:country-region>'s
lunar program, Luna-Globe, may be moved until the middle of 2019, a source from
the rocket and space industry told Interfax.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline;box-sizing: border-box;
font-stretch: inherit;orphans: auto;text-align:start;widows: 1;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;
word-spacing:0px'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>"The spacecraft launch has been preliminarily scheduled
for July-August 2019," he said.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline;box-sizing: border-box;
font-stretch: inherit;orphans: auto;text-align:start;widows: 1;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;
word-spacing:0px'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>The spacecraft is due to be assembled in October 2016 and
tested in late 2018 - early 2019, the source said.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline;box-sizing: border-box;
font-stretch: inherit;orphans: auto;text-align:start;widows: 1;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;
word-spacing:0px'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>The Luna-Globe mission was originally scheduled for late
2018. The first five spacecraft will be sent to the Moon from Vostochny.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline'><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>The federal space
program for 2016-2025 assigns 38.6 billion rubles for lunar studies.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline;box-sizing: border-box;
font-stretch: inherit;orphans: auto;text-align:start;widows: 1;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;
word-spacing:0px'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>According to the program, five spacecraft will fly to the
Moon to study its south pole from orbit and on the ground and to deliver lunar
soil samples to the Earth.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline;box-sizing: border-box;
font-stretch: inherit;orphans: auto;text-align:start;widows: 1;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;
word-spacing:0px'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>The first launch from Vostochny is planned for April 27. A
Soyuz-2.1a rocket will put into orbit Aist-2D and Mikhailo Lomonosov satellites
and a SamSat-218 nano-satellite.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline;box-sizing: border-box;
font-stretch: inherit;orphans: auto;text-align:start;widows: 1;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;
word-spacing:0px'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>The construction of the Vostochny space center began in the
Amur region in 2010 on an area of approximately 700 square kilometers.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;
margin-left:0in;line-height:10.4pt;vertical-align:baseline;box-sizing: border-box;
font-stretch: inherit;orphans: auto;text-align:start;widows: 1;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;
word-spacing:0px'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>It was planned to inaugurate Vostochny with the first launch
in December 2015. President Vladimir Putin proposed in mid-October 2015 to move
the launch until the following year.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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