A Synthetic Aperture Radar image of the Moon’s Tycho Crater. Image Credit: Green Bank Observatory.

Russia is returning to the Moon

The upcoming launch of the Luna-25 lander, Russia's first since 1976, signals Moscow's determination to revitalize and expand a once-pioneering Soviet-era lunar program.


After a hiatus of nearly half a century, Russia is poised to make a triumphant return to the moon with the launch of the Luna-25 lander. Set to commence in the early hours of August 11, this mission marks a major milestone, resonating with tensions amid Russia’s ongoing Ukraine offensive.

Luna-25: Rekindling Soviet-Era Dreams

The upcoming launch of the Luna-25 lander, Russia’s first since 1976, signals Moscow’s determination to revitalize and expand a once-pioneering Soviet-era lunar program. Weighing around 800 kilograms, the four-legged lander will target the lunar south pole—a rare destination compared to the usual lunar equator landings.


Launch Preparations and Goals: A Promising Start

According to Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, a Soyuz rocket has been assembled at the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Russian Far East for the Luna-25 launch, scheduled for August 11. The mission involves a soft landing, soil sample collection, and long-term scientific research, demonstrating Russia’s technological prowess.


International Dynamics: Strained Relations and New Alliances

While the launch is the first step in Moscow’s new lunar program, it’s also a reflection of shifting international dynamics. Amid strained relations with the West, Russia has expressed interest in strengthening space cooperation with China. The European Space Agency’s withdrawal from cooperation on Luna-25 and future missions hasn’t deterred Moscow’s ambitions.

President Putin’s Stance: A Defiant Outlook

Last year, President Vladimir Putin emphasized Russia’s resolve to develop its lunar program despite Western sanctions. Recalling the Soviet Union’s space achievements despite sanctions in 1961, Putin reaffirmed Russia’s commitment, stating, “We are guided by the ambition of our ancestors to move forward, despite any difficulties and any attempts to prevent us in this movement from the outside.”

A Symbol of Persistence

The Luna-25 lander’s launch symbolizes Russia’s technological advancement and its determination to forge ahead despite international tensions. As the world watches, Russia’s lunar ambitions could pave the way for a new era of exploration and cooperation—or deepen existing divides.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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