Orel to transport humans to the Moon

New Russian spacecraft Orel will be able to operate as part of the International Space Station for up to a year, unlike the currently deployed Soyuz-MS whose operation is limited to 210 days. Soyuz-MS is not intended for Moon flights while Orel can actually fly to the Moon and remain docked with the Lunar Orbital Station for up to 180 days. 

During the test phase, the new spacecraft will perform two manned flights to the ISS. Orel will also circumnavigate around the Moon in 2029 and land on lunar surface in 2030. Russian space experts are already working on the first Moon landing plan for Russian cosmonauts.

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