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Russia launches mission to south pole of the moon

“Russia’s launch of its first lunar lander in nearly 50 years on Friday, an attempt to become the first country to reach the south pole of the moon, is a symbolic moment for a country anxious to prove it still has the technological capabilities befitting a great world power….A successful Luna-25 mission could result in a chance for the Putin regime to engage in its usual propaganda aimed at playing down the effect of sanctions on its high-tech aerospace sector,” said Schmitt, a co-founder of Duke University’s Space Diplomacy Lab, in the Wall Street Journal August 11, 2023. “Conversely, a high-profile mission failure might suggest that technology export controls may indeed be having their intended impact.” Read the full article here.