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Rogozin: Russia’s first lunar lander in decades to launch by end of September

The landing area for Luna-25

The new colonial movement: Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space corporation, revealed yesterday that it is now targeting the end of September for the launch of Luna-25, the first Russian lunar lander to the Moon since Luna-24 in 1976.

The Russians hope to land the rover near 60-mile-wide Boguslawsky crater, located about 550 miles from the Moon’s south pole. The map to the right, figure 1 from a 2018 paper, provides the reasoning for picking this location.

The Luna–Glob mission [the title for the entire Russian program of future lunar probes] is designed for investigations in the polar regions of the Moon and targeted primarily on testing a new generation of technologies for landing a descent module. In this regard, the choice of scientific tasks of this mission is rather subordinate. Further realization of our lunar program, inclusive of the Luna–Resource mission with an extended complex of scientific tasks, and subsequently, a new generation of lunar rovers and modules for lunar subsurface sampling and return to the Earth, depends on the results of the present mission [Luna-25]. …The detailed photo geological analysis of the surface in the Luna–Glob mission landing sector (70°–85° S, 0°–60° E) using high-resolution images and topographic data made it possible to select the definite landing site. This site (the eastern landing ellipse, 73.9° S, 43.9° E) on the Boguslawsky floor represents a higher scientific priority and also provides relatively safe landing conditions.

The Russians have been attempting to launch this Luna-Glob program for almost a quarter of a century. Hopefully the first launch will finally happen this year.

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4 comments

  • Col Beausabre

    You sure it isn’t “Grob” and not “Glob”?

    “Grob” means coffin or casket – something in high demand in Holy Russia right now

  • sippin_bourbon

    I was thinking Lunar – Grab.
    He will land it, and then try to declare it annexed to protect the Russian Speaking peoples there from Moon Nazi aggression.

  • Jay

    Glob is Russian for “Globe”. Looking at the Russian Space Web site, the translation is “Sphere”.
    This project started in 1999 and was supposed to launch in 2010. They always tried to team up with another country to help pay for it. The Japanese were first, then the Chinese, and I am willing to bet they were knocking on ESA’s door, but no takers. Rogozin is having a clearance sale.

  • Jeff Wright

    And Phobos grunts

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