ESA stops more space cooperation with Russia


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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