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Moscow (Voice of Russia) Aug 30, 2012
Russia has proposed a joint project with Kazakhstan and Ukraine to build a heavy rocket capable of launching manned missions to the Moon. It believes this project could be accomplished within three years.
Head of Russia's Energia corporation Vitaly Lopota spoke about this at an international aerospace congress which opened in Moscow on Monday.
The proposed rocket would be an updated version of Russia's Soviet-era Energia system. This mighty booster can lift 70 tons to Low Earth Orbit and send payloads of up to 20 tons on interplanetary missions.
Source: Voice of Russia
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New research eclipses existing theories on moon formation
Oxford UK (SPX) Aug 30, 2012
The Moon is believed to have formed from a collision, 4.5 billion years ago, between Earth and an impactor the size of Mars, known as "Theia." Over the past decades scientists have simulated this process and reproduced many of the properties of the Earth-Moon system; however, these simulations have also given rise to a problem known as the Lunar Paradox: the Moon appears to be made up of materia ... read more
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