The Luna-25 lander entered lunar orbit on Wednesday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos reported. The vehicle is scheduled to land on the surface of the Silver Globe on August 21.
The Luna-25 lunar lander entered the Moon’s orbit at 11.57 am Moscow time (10.57 am in Poland), the Russian space agency Roscosmos reported on Wednesday.
The goal of the mission is to land at the south pole of our natural satellite. According to Roskosmos, the lander will search for ice on the lunar surface. The vehicle is scheduled to land on the surface of the Silver Globe on August 21.
Russia’s conquest of space
The Luna-25 lunar vehicle was launched on a Russian Soyuz 2.1w rocket on Friday, August 11 at 2:11 am Moscow time from Vostochny Cosmodrome.
It is the first Russian lunar mission since 1976, when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics competed with the United States in the space race. Then the Luna-24 spacecraft delivered lunar soil samples to Earth.
In recent years, the Russian space program has weakened mainly due to corruption scandals and a lack of funds, as well as the severing of contacts with partners in the West.
In addition, Russia is currently in a more difficult situation, as India and China have joined the ranks of its rivals.
Main photo source: Reuters, Roscosmos