Luna-25 moon lander mission is expected to blast off in September, Roscosmos confirms
Shortly after the announcement in April, the European Space Agency stated it is ceasing cooperation with Roscosmos on martian and lunar expeditions, because of the Ukraine conflict.Luna-25 is expected to carry some 30kg of scientific equipment. The lander also boasts a robotic arm and a drill, to perform various experiments and take samples of lunar regolith. The probe’s planned destination is the Moon’s south polar region near the Boguslavsky Crater.The mission is set to become the first Russian lunar probe in post-Soviet history. While the exploration of the Earth’s only natural satellite began with the Soviet Luna-2 probe in 1959, the country has not carried out similar missions for nearly five decades already. The last mission, Luna-24, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1976.The new mission, conceived in the late 2000s, has been repeatedly postponed. The robotic lander was expected to blast off last October; however, the launch was delayed as the team developing Luna-25 deemed it not ready.