Russia, Europe plan joint mission to Jupiter
Moscow: Top officials of Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) met in Moscow to discuss a Moon research mission and a flight to Jupiter, officials said.
Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin and ESA director-general Jean-Jacques Dordain met in the Russian capital.
Russia and Europe are considering five research projects -- a flight to Jupiter with a stopover at one of its icy satellites, delivery of soil samples from the polar region of the Moon, study of Venus' atmosphere and landing on the planet, flying to near-Earth asteroids and delivery of soil samples to Earth, and the establishment of an astronomical observatory on the basis of a space telescope.
The Moon research mission is planned for 2016-2020, and the Jupiter mission -- that will land on its moon Ganymede -- after 2020.
Popovkin said after the meeting that he has no doubt in the possibility of the technical realisation of these projects.