Russia has not landed on the moon since the Soviet days. The last Soviet mission was Luna 24, which launched 47 years ago. Russia's last interplanetary mission, Fobos-Grunt, which aimed to collect samples from Mars' moon Phobos, failed to get out of low Earth orbit in 2011. Luna-25 has been delayed for more than a decade. Engineers also needed to make changes to the landing navigation system late in the spacecraft's development .
As for India, the country is aiming to join the United States, the former Soviet Union and China as the only nations to perform a soft lunar landing.
Recent attempts at moon landings by Israeli and Japanese companies have not gone well
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Russia and India both have moon landers scheduled to land next week