Moon rocket for Europe, Russia

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Russian and European space agencies agreed jointly to build a vehicle for six-person flights around the moon, where only the U.S. has landed.

Roscosmos and the European Space Agency chose a conical rather than winged design for the planned spacecraft after six months of study, Roscosmos said this week.

The vehicle is to be used in near-Earth and low-lunar orbits.

Roscosmos agreed to prepare a delivery rocket for testing by 2015, with people expected to begin flying three years later.

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