Russia will launch an unmanned mission to Mars in 2019, and later, the Russian specialists will try to make landings on the poles of the Moon, according to a statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The future Russian missions will be different from the Soviet ones
“We are planning unmanned and later manned launches – into deep space, as part of a lunar program and for Mars exploration. The closest mission is very soon, we are planning to launch a mission to Mars in 2019,” said the Russian head of state in the second part of the Andrei Kondrashov’s documentary.
The president noted that the Russian lunar mission would be different from the Soviet one, saying that “experts will try to make landings on the poles because there is a reason to believe that there may be water. There is research to be done there and, from there, studies of other planets and distant outer space can be implemented”.
ESA and Roskosmos plan to launch the second phase of the ExoMars joint mission in 2020
The first phase of the ExoMars mission, launched in 2016, consisted of the TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter) orbiter and the Schiaparelli demo landing module. The first device successfully operates on the near-Martian orbit, while the second device crashed against the surface of the planet during its descent.
In 2020, the European Space Agency and Roskosmos are planning to send to Mars the second phase of the joint mission of ExoMars, involving the landing of a landing gear and a rover on the surface of the Red Planet.
Over the next two years, Roskosmos has planned to send a mission to the Moon, named Luna-25, whose objective will be to test the technology of soft landing on the south pole of the Moon.
In conclusion, Russia will launch an unmanned mission to Mars in 2019 which will be followed by lunar missions and a manned mission to Mars.