Back To The Moon? Russia To Send Its First Spacecraft To The Moon In 45 Years

Global Aviator|July 2020

Back To The Moon? Russia To Send Its First Spacecraft To The Moon In 45 Years
Russia hasn't been to the moon since 1976, but the country hopes to soon pick up where it left off
The Russian Federation has three moon missions planned for the first half of this decade, and Vladimir Kolmykov, head of the Lavochkin Scientific and Production Association, the segment of Russian space agency Roscosmos that oversees interplanetary robots, recently spoke about the programme's current state. The missions will pick up where the Soviet space programme left off in the 1970s, with the new spacecraft dubbed Luna-25, Luna-26 and Luna27, all of which represent partnerships with the European Space Agency (ESA).

The Luna-25 spacecraft is currently in the assembly and first trial stages, Kolmykov told President Vladimir Putin, according to an English transcription of the call posted by the Kremlin on 10 April. Yes, there are some cooperation problems but we are working on them. I hope that the 2021 goal of launching Luna-25 will be achieved.

The Lunar-25 lander will be the first Russian spacecraft to land on the surface of the Moon since 1976 - when Lunar-24 touched down.

It's expected to launch for the Moon on October 1, 2021, and will carry out scientific research in the polar regions - including a hunt for water.

It will be one of up to five launches to explore the surface and sub-surface of the Moon over the next decade, Roscosmos confirmed.

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