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Kremlin vows to pursue Moon race after Luna-25 crash

Kremlin vows to pursue Moon race after Luna-25 crash
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The Kremlin said Tuesday that Russia would not give up its ambitions to land a craft on the Moon after its first lunar mission in nearly 50 years failed this month.

The Luna-25 module crashed on the Moon’s surface after an incident during pre-landing manoeuvres. An Indian mission days later successfully landed near the Moon’s south pole.

“We know that the way to the stars is through thorns. The main thing is to continue the Russian programme,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“The plans are quite ambitious and they will be realised,” he said, adding that the failed mission was not a reason to “tear your hair out”.

The Luna-25 mission was meant to mark Moscow’s return to independent Moon exploration in the face of financial troubles and corruption scandals, and growing isolation from the West.

It last landed a probe on the Moon in 1976, before shifting away from lunar exploration in favour of missions to Venus and building the Mir space station.

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