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Russia is Returning to the Moon, Paving the Way for a Crewed Landing

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Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 11:35 PM by AlexMuller

​In recent years, Roscosmos has largely concentrated on crewed missions, struggling to get a spaceprobe to its intended destination. But Luna 25 hopes to change that. The moon probe, set to launch in 2024, will mark a return to the moon for Russia, which hasn't landed a probe on the moon since 1976.

 

It's a surveyor for an even bigger goal: a crewed landing and lunar base. Tomasz Nowakowski at SpaceFlightInsider writes, "The proposed base would include a solar power station, telecommunication station, technological station, scientific station, long-range research rover, landing and launch area, and an orbiting satellite.​" The moon base, if it comes to fruition, would be built in the 2030s. 

 
But without a probe landing to the moon since the Soviet days, and with N1/L3 moon landing program never getting beyond craft fabrication, it could be a tall order for the country. Roscosmos engineers are saying that, in part, one of the big challenges will be relearning to land a probe on the moon. And without a probe landing, a crewed landing seems ever more unlikely, though the country has proven canny at most other crewed spaceflight accomplishments. 

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-09-04
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Perhaps we are returning to "space race" mentality once again where goal now is to start colonising moon and mars. There are many countries that are in this game and one would expect Russia to be in the game Reply


 

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