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Roskosmos to unveil Martian station at Le Bourget


MOSCOW, June 8 (RIA Novosti) - A full-scale Martian station will be displayed in the pavilion of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) at the Paris Air Show 2005 in Le Bourget, Roskosmos spokesman Vyacheslav Davidenko told RIA Novosti.

"The station is small enough, but like the remote Earth sensing unmanned aircraft from Lavochkin NPO, it will be full-scale," he said.

The Energia space rocket corporation is to display the mock-ups of its advanced spacecraft Clipper and the spacecraft's cabin module and accessory/utility compartment.

According to Roskosmos's Davidenko, part of the Russian displays is to be dedicated to the international program on launching Russia's Soyuz boosters in French Guiana. A launch facility mock-up, a Soyuz-2 launch vehicle with a cut in the spacecraft's fairing to show its interior, and numerous information materials are to be on display.

Spacecraft and their mock-ups are to be shown too, e.g. the GLONASS-K, Zukhre, Express-AT1 and Luch-5A from the Reshetnev scientific production company, as well as the Resurs-DK1 spacecraft with the PAMELA research payload and the Photon-M spacecraft.

"Along with spacecraft, Russian aerospace manufacturers are to display rocket engines, automatic systems and instruments. In addition, each aerospace company will offer visitors pamphlets, photographs, promotional CD-ROMs, posters and souvenirs," the Roskosmos spokesman said.

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