Russian scientists want to send microorganisms to the moon

(ORDO NEWS) — Russia may in 2027 send microorganisms to the moon during the Luna-28 mission and return them to Earth to analyze the influence of lunar conditions, said Maxim Litvak, head of the neutron and gamma spectroscopy laboratory of the nuclear planetology department of the Institute of Space Research (IKI), RAS.

Earlier it was reported that the launch of the lunar landing station “Luna-28” (“Luna-Grunt”) is planned from the Vostochny cosmodrome using the “Angara-A5” booster rocket with a DM-03 upper stage. The main objective of the mission will be the delivery of soil from the Moon to Earth, as well as the dispatch of a mini-lunar rover.

“Considering that this will be a return flight, we have the opportunity to take some types of terrestrial microorganisms, some materials and electronic components to send them to the moon and expose in lunar conditions, and then return to Earth to analyze what happened to them “, – said Litvak during the 11th Moscow International Symposium on Research of the Solar System at the IKI RAS.

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