European Space Agency Stops Cooperation with Russian Lunar Missions

The European Space Agency ended cooperation with Russia on three missions to the Moon due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday, following a previous decision to do the same for a Mars mission.

The European Space Agency said it would “discontinue cooperative activities” on Luna-25, 26, and 27, a series of Russian lunar missions where the European agency had aimed to test new equipment and technology.

In late March, The European Space Agency also suspended a collaboration on ExoMars, a plan to land a rover on Mars to drill into the soil and search for signs of life.

“As with ExoMars, 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,” the European Space Agency said.

The European Space Agency added that it is looking for other options and partners to test the technology that would have formed part of the Russian missions, adding that they had found some partners already.

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