Russia is going back to the moon

Ahead is the launch of the Luna-25 lander, the first Russian lander since 1976, signaling Russia’s determination to revive and expand the Soviet Union’s lunar program.

After a nearly half-century hiatus, Russia is preparing to make a triumphant return to the Moon with the launch of the Luna-25 lander. The launch is scheduled for the early hours of August 11.

Luna-25: Reviving Soviet Dreams

Weighing about 800 kilograms, this four-legged vehicle will be aimed at the Moon’s south pole, a rare destination compared to conventional landings on the Moon’s equator.

According to Roscosmos, a Soyuz rocket has been assembled at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Far East for the Luna-25 launch scheduled for Aug. 11. The mission envisions a soft landing, soil sample collection and long-term scientific research, demonstrating Russia’s technological capabilities.

Amid strained relations with the West, Russia has expressed interest in strengthening space cooperation with China. Last year, President Vladimir Putin stressed Russia’s determination to develop its lunar program despite Western sanctions. Recalling the Soviet Union’s space achievements despite sanctions in 1961, Putin reaffirmed Russia’s commitment, saying, “We are guided by the ambitions of our ancestors to move forward despite any difficulties and attempts to prevent us from doing so from the outside”

The launch of the Luna-25 landing vehicle symbolizes Russia’s technological progress and its determination to keep moving forward….

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