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ESA suspends lunar cooperation with Russia over invasion of Ukraine

Paris, Apr 13 (EFE).- The European Space Agency said on Wednesday it was suspending its cooperation with Russia on the Luna-25, 26 and 27 missions over Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine.

“The Russian aggression against Ukraine and the resulting sanctions put in place represent a fundamental change of circumstances and make it impossible for ESA to implement the planned lunar cooperation,” ESA said in a statement.

Luna-25 was set to be the first spacecraft in Russia’s new lunar program and aimed to investigate the south polar region of the Moon.

Luna-26 is an orbiter that aims to study the environment of the satellite and map future landing points while Luna-27 plans to step on its surface again.

On 17 March, ESA halted its collaboration with the Russian Roscosmos in ExoMars program to explore Mars. EFE


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