Thursday, August 10, 2023

That Will Be Interesting To Observe.

 The gas station masquerading as a  country.

The Russian space program has launched a probe to the Moon for the first time since 1976. Luna-25 blasted off from the Vostochny spaceport in the Amur Region and is aiming to touch down in the southern polar region by August 21. All previous probes have landed in the equatorial region. If it lands successfully, Luna-25 would arrive two days before India’s Chandrayaan-3 for a historic first lunarfall in the rugged polar terrain.

While such complex missions always have a non-trivial probability of failure, the more important aspect of this launch is the fact that Russia is back to interplanetary research. Even NASA's big honcho Nelson wished Russia success, while stating that Russia is not the part of "space race". Here is the point--this "race" today is a super marathon and patience and restraint insofar as PR goes are welcome.

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