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The next step in space? A manned, reusable Russian-European space ship!

Both ESA (European Space Agency) and Russian technology will be used. This ship was originally designed by the Russians to transport 4 people to the moon. It can make a soft landing on any planet, meaning it can be reused. In BBC News, Paul Rincon quotes Anatoly Zak, the Russian designer of the ship, as saying, "If ESA and the Russian Space Agency reach agreement, Europe will supply the service module of that co-operative spacecraft." That includes the propulsion systems. Russia, in turn, will provide the launcher and the launch site, which will be somewhere in Russia.

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