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Kliper spacecraft interior. Announced in 2004 as part of the Russian space program, the Kliper (also called Clipper) spacecraft has been designed to replace the Soyuz spacecraft. It can carry up to six people (two pilots and 4 passengers). It is lifted into orbit on top of a rocket, but uses two small wings to glide back to Earth to be landed by a pilot. It will be used to take crew to the International Space Station (ISS, seen on screens) and it may also be used for future missions to the Moon and Mars. The Kliper spacecraft has been designed by RKK Energia. The design was exhibited in 2005, and it is scheduled to launch in 2010-11.
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