Illustration of the Luna-Glob lander, one of several spacecraft
Russia plans to send to the Moon in the coming decade.
(credit: IKI/NPO Lavochkin, via RussianSpaceWeb.com)

A Russian Moon?

by Dwayne Day
Monday, January 28, 2013

Earlier this month the Russian government announced that it plans to launch a lunar orbiter in 2015, followed by a lander a year later, both of them designated Luna-Glob. This is the latest version of what has been a rather convoluted series of Russian announcements about their planetary exploration plans, particularly with regards to the Moon. Previous plans had involved launching the orbiter and lander together, then changed to launch the lander a year before the orbiter. Now the Russians have switched the order. This is a more logical plan than previous ones, and at least to outsiders it appears as if the Russians are starting to develop a more sensible sequence of planetary science missions, as well as mission goals, than they have in the past. It’s something we should hope for, as the Russians could possibly by the most active nation conducting lunar exploration in the next decade.

Read more: The Space Review: A Russian Moon?.

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