Russia will launch an unmanned spacecraft to the Moon in 2015, as part of it plan to establish a fully robotic lunar station.
The new Moon orbiter, called Luna-Glob will lift off from the Vostochny space port in Russia's Far East after several test launches.
Luna-Glob is the first of four missions planned before the creation of a fully robotic lunar base scheduled for after 2015.
The orbiter will have a payload of 120kg, including equipment for astrophysics experiments, dust monitors, and plasma sensors to study ultrahigh energy cosmic rays.
It was put on hold due to financial restrictions and resurrected several years later. Earlier, the mission was postponed twice.