Russia begins recruiting cosmonauts for Moon mission

Russia begins recruiting cosmonauts for Moon mission

In a bid to beat the United States in the race to the Moon, Russia has started recruiting cosmonauts for a new moon mission.

Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced an open contest for a team of cosmonauts for piloting the Federatsiya spacecraft which has been designed to be sent to the Moon.

Roscosmos First Deputy Chief Executive Aleksandr Ivanov told reporters, “The selection begins today and it will last till the end of the year. The results will be summarized at the end of December, and a group of six to eight trainees is to be selected.”

In the press release, the space agency declared that the selected cosmonauts will be the first to fly the new-generation Federatsiya spacecraft, and will be the first Russians to go to Earth’s only natural satellite.

The agency’s first choice will be the best specialists who already have knacks of operating space technologies.

A group of six to eight trainees will be selected, and the results will be summarized at the end of December this year.

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