Russia to launch first moon lander since 1976 in race with Indian spacecraft

August 07, 2023

By Mark Trevelyan and Lidia Kelly(Reuters) -Russia will launch its first lunar landing spacecraft in 47 years on Friday in a race with India to the south pole of the moon, a potential source of water to support a future human presence there. 'SPACE FOR EVERYONE'Roscosmos said the two missions would not get in each other's way because they have different landing areas planned. Chandrayaan-3 is due to run experiments for two weeks, while Luna-25 will work on the moon for a year. In April, Japan's ispace failed in an attempt to make the first moon landing by a private space company. Story continuesThe launch, originally planned for October 2021, has been delayed for nearly two years.