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Europe and Russia Are Headed Back To the Moon Together (bbc.com) 65

MarkWhittington writes: Russia is turning its attention to the moon again for the first time in about 40 years. The first Russian mission to the moon since long before the end of the Cold War will be Luna 27, a robot lander that will touch down on the edge of the lunar South Pole as early as 2020. Russia is looking for international partners to help make Luna 27 a reality and may have found one in the European Space Agency, according to a story on the BBC. "The initial missions will be robotic. Luna 27 will land on the edge of the South Pole Aitken basin. The south polar region has areas which are always dark. These are some of the coldest places in the Solar System. As such, they are icy prisons for water and other chemicals that have been shielded from heating by the Sun. According to Dr. James Carpenter, ESA's lead scientist on the project, one of the main aims is to investigate the potential use of this water as a resource for the future, and to find out what it can tell us about the origins of life in the inner Solar System."
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Europe and Russia Are Headed Back To the Moon Together

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Hopefully they won't fake there landing like the Americans did.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The last time the USSR or Russia launched a successful probe outside of low earth orbit was 1984, with the Vega missions.

    Ever since then, they've talked big, and failed big. Usually projects never got as far as physical hardware, but occasionally some things were built, such as the Mars96 impactor, or Fobos-Grunt, but those didn't work.

    Russia has a decent track record at building space stations and satellites. For anything further out, they're an embarassing failure.

  • by willworkforbeer ( 924558 ) on Monday October 19, 2015 @09:33AM (#50757533)
    Europe and Russia Are Headed Back To the Moon Together

    Was hoping we'd send Afghanistan and Iran instead. Bummer.
  • Shouting from one hamlet to another:

    • Uncle Ivan, ahoy!
    • Ahoy!
    • Have you heard, Russians went to space!
    • All of them?!?
  • Uh... what? (Score:4, Funny)

    by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Monday October 19, 2015 @10:14AM (#50757837) Homepage

    Europe and Russia Are Headed Back To the Moon Together

    Okay, clearly there have been some major developments in geology that I've missed.

  • And the one country that's BEEN there, that was dominant in spaceflight for the late 60s, 70s, and even arguably 80s & 90s, has turned its back (in any serious way) on the moon and manned spaceflight in general.

    Ozymandias, indeed.

    • Re:Hooray. (Score:5, Informative)

      by thrich81 ( 1357561 ) on Monday October 19, 2015 @10:33AM (#50758023)

      Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/), built, launched, and operated by NASA, is in orbit around the moon right now and doing science there. That makes it the only currently operating spacecraft in orbit around the moon. That is, the USA NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA has so many operating space vehicles out there doing science that people tend to not notice after a while.

  • by manu0601 ( 2221348 ) on Monday October 19, 2015 @11:46PM (#50763373)

    The south polar region has areas which are always dark

    This means the rover will not be able to rely on solar panels. Will it use a nuclear source? Launching such beasts is quite unpopular.

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