The European Space Agency (ESA) is canceling three planned expeditions to the moon that would have been carried out together with Russia.
ESA says in a statement that it is “ending the joint activities” for Luna-25, 26 and 27, a series of Russian lunar expeditions where it had planned to test new equipment and technology.
The announcement comes after ESA almost a month ago chose to cancel plans to send an unmanned spacecraft with a vehicle to Mars because Russia was a partner there as well.
“As with ExoMars, circumstances have changed fundamentally as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions, which makes it impossible for ESA to implement the planned lunar cooperation,” it said in a statement.
ESA chief Josef Aschbacher says at a press conference that they are now looking for other partners to work with.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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