Russians to collect Mars moon soil ninemsn

Russia’s space agency could retrieve the first soil sample from a Mars moon within five years, two of its scientists said. Valery Timofeev, first deputy of the designer-general at the Lavochkin Association, said funding would determine how quickly the goal could be achieved. “At the moment we have finished the preliminary project and the Russian Science Academy is searching for money,” he said during a visit to Melbourne.