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Russia to launch Luna-25 on August 11, 2023

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According to reports in Russia’s state run press, the new launch date for its Luna-25 lander to the Moon has now been scheduled for August 11, 2023.

The launch of an automatic space probe to the Moon, the Luna-25, is scheduled for August 11 this year, the tour operator RocketTrip has said on its website. “August 11 is the launch date,” the website says in the section devoted to the tour to the Vostochny spaceport for the launch of the Luna-25.

The launch had been scheduled for July. The one month delay was announced last week, with no explanation.

The map shows landing locations of three landers that are all scheduled for launch in the next four months. All are targeting spots near the Moon’s south pole (the white cross).

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  • mkent

    There is also Peregrine and SLIM.

  • mkent: Tell me more about SLIM. I am unfamiliar with that acronym.

  • mkent

    SLIM is the Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon. It’s being built by the Japanese space agency JAXA and is currently scheduled to launch in August as a co-passenger on the XRISM H-2A launch.

  • The book is open for ‘Water Ice at the Lunar South Pole’ action.

    No recoverable water ice at the Pole.

    Some recoverable water ice, but not enough to support a base.

    It’s a resource!

    Put your quatloos down now.

  • mkent: Ah, I had forgotten about SLIM. However, according to, the H2A launch of SLIM is now tentatively scheduled for September, but even that date is uncertain because of the investigation into the H3 launch failure.

    As for Peregrine, I should have been more clear, as I was focused solely on the landers aiming for the South Pole region.

  • mkent

    Ahh. My apologies. Then forget about SLIM as well. JAXA is planning to land it in the Marius Hills near a possible lunar lava tube.

    As for the H-2A, the last I heard is that the H-3 failure mode has been determined to have no commonality to the H-2A, clearing the H-2A for flight. A new launch date has been chosen and will be announced by JAXA later this month.

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