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MOSCOW, May 11 – RIA Novosti. Proposal to postpone the launch of the mission "Luna-25" from 2019 to 2021, proposed by the Council of the RAS on outer space, is not accepted, the RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the meeting of the Council.
The launch of the first mission in the history of Russia to the Moon was proposed to be postponed
The members of the Council, after discussing the proposal, excluded this item from the decision of the Council.
"The proposal is still being discussed", – said after the meeting the scientific director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Lev Zeleny.
According to the draft decision of the Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on space, it is planned to recommend "Roscosmos" reschedule launch date "Moon-25" for June-October 2021 due to the fact that during this period favorable ballistic conditions for launch will be created.
The Russian lunar program provides for the dispatch of three automatic stations until 2025. The first of these will be "Luna-25", which is due in 2019 to land at the south pole. This will be the first Russian mission after a 40-year hiatus. The landing station will search for water ice in the polar region of the Moon.
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After it in 2021, the orbiter will follow "Luna-26", and in 2022 – landing "Luna-27", which should drill the soil to a depth of up to two meters and examine its composition. After this, the implementation of manned missions is planned.
The last Soviet station was launched to the Earth satellite in 1976 and was called "Luna-24". goal "Moon-25" – study of the chemical composition of the regolith of the polar regions of the Moon, determination of the presence and concentration of volatile compounds of cosmic origin of great interest, including water ice. Devices on board the device will also investigate processes in the plasma dusty polar exosphere of the Moon.