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August 23, 2023

NYET! Russian/Euro Lander Mission Fails Upon Impact with Lunar Surface

Russia Tries “Stealing a March” on Spacefaring Community only to Fall Flat

Russia’s first attempt at establishing a lunar presence in almost 50 years ended in disappointment when their tiny, uncrewed lander impacted the surface following a failed orbital maneuver. Luna 25, named to establish some continuity with decades of Soviet moon missions under the old space race program, would have been a landmark for the country’s space program. Their timeline gained notice in the international spacefaring community as a sneaky way to steal 3rd base amid a handful of competing missions, each attempting to survey the same landing area for similar purposes.

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