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While several private companies are vying to claim their share of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) by landing a spacecraft on the Moon before 2017 ends, they aren't the only ones with a focus on Earth's natural satellite. Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Russia's Roscosmos, has announced their intention of launching small vehicles as co-manifested payloads on larger Moon-bound missions.
Russia’s growing interest in the Moon manifests itself in more and more audacious announcements regarding the future possibility of a manned landing on the lunar surface. On Tuesday, October 27, one of the country’s top space industry officials, Vladimir Solntsev, revealed that Russia is planning to land a man on the Moon in 2029.
Thirty-nine years ago, on Aug. 18, 1976, the Soviet Union successfully soft-landed its last spacecraft on the Moon – Luna 24. Now, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) plans to continue the legacy of the successful Luna Program by reviving the idea of unmanned lunar landers.