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Russia’s first Moon mission in 50 years is in race with Indian spacecraft

August 14, 2023 11:48 AM IST

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Russia is set to launch its first lunar landing spacecraft in 47 years on Friday in a race with India to the south pole of the Moon. South pole is on priority for all spacecraft organization as it may be a potential source of water. Scientists believe it may hold significant quantities of ice that could be used to extract fuel and oxygen

Russia’s spacecraft Luna-25 will be launched from Vostochny cosmodrome on 11 August. This Lunarcraft will take place four weeks after India sent up its Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander.

Roscosmos, Russian space agency, has said its Luna-25 spacecraft will take 5 days to fly to the Moon and the spend 5-7 days in the lunar orbit before descending on south pole. Indian Lunarcraft Chandrayaan is also scheduled on same place. Roscosmos assured that there will be no interference between the two landing missions.

The launch of Luna-25 was originally planned for October 2021, but was delayed by nearly two years.

India’s space agency ISRO launched its spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 in on 14th July. Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled to land Vikram,lander, on August 23 on south pole of Moon. It will probe Moon for 14 Earth days, While Luna-25 will work on the moon for a year. Indian Lunarcraft has reached already in Moon’s gravitation area.

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