Putin made the comments on Thursday, Russia's Cosmonautics Day. He said "yes" to the question "We are going to fly to the moon, right?" when he visited the Space Pavilion at the all-Russian Center of Achievements of the National Economy, according to the Kremlin, Xinhua reported.
Russia will first build a space station on the lunar orbit and then modules on the moon itself, he told cosmonauts and space industry veterans, saying he has no doubt that Russia will be able to do this.
According to him, Russia plans to test the super-heavy carrier rocket in 10 years and a special launch compound for the rocket's trials will be built at the Vostochny spaceport in the Russian Far East.
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