Saturday, October 18, 2014

Russian Luna-25 Mission to the Moon - Target Sample retrieval

The Luna-25 program will be carried out mostly as part of the Russian Federal Space Program for 2016-2025.

The Luna-25 exploration mission will cost tens of billions of rubles, an official from Russian Federal Space Agency said Friday.

"Let's say, we are talking tens of billions of rubles because it's a resource-heavy project, complex in terms of technical feasibility," Roscosmos' strategic planning chief Yuri Makarov said at a press conference in Moscow.

Russia will go back to the moon by the end of the next decade with the moon missions, or Luna-Glob project, Luna-25, 26, 27, 28 and Luna-29, missions aimed at further exploring the moon.

A mission to the moon has become one of Russia's top priorities in space. Russia plans to launch three lunar spacecraft - two to the moon's surface and one into orbit - by the end of the decade.

In September, Russian space agency Roscosmos reported that it was planning to launch a full-scale moon exploration program.

The program will be carried out mostly as part of the Russian Federal Space Program for 2016-2025. Russia is also looking at developing space exploration plans for 2050 and beyond.

Beyond LUNA-25
A Russian aerospace company official reported on Friday that new samples of lunar soil will be delivered to Earth in 2023-2025.

"The program currently has four missions: the first demonstration landing in 2025, an orbiter, which is needed to support all landing missions, then, the full landing mission Luna-27, and, around 2023-2025, there will be a project to deliver substance samples to Earth from areas near the [Lunar] south pole," Maksim Martynov, Deputy Designer General of Russia's NPO Lavochkin told reporters.

According to Martynov, the soil is to be delivered in its initial state, without experiencing any temperature changes and while preserving all its particles.

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