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Russia Will Launch The Luna-25 (Moon-25) Interplanetary Station In 2021

Russia Will Launch The Luna-25 (Moon-25) Interplanetary Station In 2021

The launch of the Automatic Interplanetary Station (AMS) Luna-25 (Moon-25) to the Earth satellite is scheduled for autumn next year, Roscosmos reported on Sunday.

As noted, Luna-25 will be a continuation of the Soviet stations of the same name series.

"Currently, the development work of Luna-Globus, in which the Luna-25 spacecraft is being created, is at the stage of ground testing of experimental products," the State Corporation said.

According to Roscosmos, the launch of the station is scheduled for October 1, next year. It is noted that the creation of the device and all tests should be completed in the summer of 2021.

According to Roscosmos, a mandatory stage in the creation of spacecraft is the conduct of electrical and functional tests necessary to confirm the specified characteristics of all components.

Tests of the assembled device will begin in the first quarter of 2021, the Corporation said.

Luna-25 (until April 2013, the device was called "Luna-Globus") is part of the Russian lunar program, the first Russian lunar mission carried out at the Lavochkin research and practical use of the moon and near-lunar space by automatic interplanetary stations.

As part of the mission, the lander will be launched first, and the Orbiter will be launched a year later.

The goal of this project is to launch an automatic probe, the orbital part of which should carry out remote studies and select suitable sites for a subsequent lander, and the lander will explore the surface in the area of the South pole, including cryogenic drilling to a depth of two meters.

The declared active life of the probe on the surface of the moon is at least one earth year.