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“Luna-Globe will be the first spacecraft launched from Vostochny in 2015,” Popovkin said.

The first launch of a new-generation spacecraft to replace Soyuz manned spaceships is due in 2018, the Roscosmos head said.

Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute Lev Zelyony told Interfax-AVN earlier that Russia would halve the scientific payload of Luna-Globe-1 for the sake of its safe landing on the Moon.

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