The first of three deliberate Russian missions to the Moon will launch in July 2022, the chief of Russia’s area company Roscosmos has revealed, lastly bringing an finish to years of delays suspending the take-off of the Luna 25 lander.
Speaking on Tuesday, Dmitry Rogozin instructed TV station Channel One that the lunar robotic might be fired into area from the Vostochny Cosmodrome subsequent 12 months.
The lander, the newest within the Luna collection – and the primary since Luna 24 in 1976 – was initially scheduled for 2019. It has been postponed quite a few occasions, however it’s seemingly now lastly able to go to the Moon.
Luna 25 might be used to check the Russian-made touchdown expertise. Once on the Moon, it would research the floor earlier than amassing and delivering lunar soil to Earth.
Another two missions, Luna 26 and Luna 27, are deliberate for the near future.
Rogozin additionally revealed that the joint ExoMars-2022 mission between the European Space Agency and Roscosmos to seek for proof of life on the purple planet would take off in September.
Created in 1958, the Soviet Luna program efficiently explored the Moon on 15 completely different events, undertaking many firsts in area exploration. Luna 2 was the primary man-made object to reach the Moon, whereas Luna three took the primary images of the far facet. Luna 9, in 1966, made the primary mushy touchdown on the Earth’s solely pure satellite tv for pc.
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