Russia is sending the Luna-25 lander to the Moon’s south pole. The launch is scheduled for August 11, 2023, from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia. Luna-25 will be the first Russian lunar lander since Luna-24 in 1976.The goal of Luna-25 is to study the Moon’s south pole, which is thought to be rich in water ice. Water ice is a valuable resource for future human exploration of the Moon, as it can be used for drinking, fuel, and other purposes.
Luna-25 will touch down in the Mare Marginis region of the Moon’s south pole. It will carry a variety of instruments to study the lunar surface, including a camera, a spectrometer, and a magnetometer. Luna-25 is expected to operate for up to 1 lunar day (14 Earth days).
The launch of Luna-25 comes just four weeks after India launched its own lunar lander, Chandrayaan-3, which is also headed to the Moon’s south pole. The two missions are not in competition with each other, as they will land in different areas of the south pole. However, they represent a renewed interest in lunar exploration by both Russia and India.
The success of Luna-25 will be a major milestone for Russian space exploration. It will be the first Russian lunar lander in over 40 years, and it will pave the way for future missions to the Moon.
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