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Russia eyes moon for hi‑tech lunar base

Russian space agency is sending a robotic spacecraft to the moon to scope out potential locations for a planned lunar base.

Construction of Luna 25 is already underway, and once finished, the spacecraft will carry eight cameras to help it navigate and take pictures. It will also feature a drill tool capable of digging into the moon’s surface. The craft's predecessor, Luna 24, soft-landed on the moon’s surface in August 1976 and returned around six ounces of lunar samples to Earth. In the United States, attention has turned to Mars – mistakenly, some experts say. They argue that NASA should first set up a lunar base, then learn from the process when the time comes to build a Martian base.