Russia will head to the moon and Mars as part of a re-invigorated space programme, Vladimir Putin has said.
The country expects to start the missions next year. They will begin by sending landers to the red planet – but the country hopes to send people there soon after that, said the Russian leader
Russia's space agency will also look to people at the poles of the Moon, he said. Mr Putin described that as a continuation of the work done during the Soviet space programme.
Russia will aim to put people on the moon who can land at the poles and explore them, he said. The moon's poles are of special interest because some have suggested they may contain water.
Mr Putin also said that the moon will be helpful as a launching off point to study other planets in more distance space.