Who Is Mikhail Marov? The Russian Scientist’s Biography – Age, Net Worth, Career, Married Wife, Children, Wiki

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Mikhail Marov, Putin’s chief advisor on the Luna-25 mission and a leading astronomer since the days of the Soviet Union was recently rushed to the hospital. His biography explored.

On August 20, 2023, Mikhail Marov was reported to have been rushed to the hospital.

He is a Russian scientist who worked on Putin’s disastrous moon mission.

The top astronomer’s health scar was as a result of the Luna-25 probe which smashed into the lunar surface.

Following this tragic news, many were curious to know more about him, including his personal life and career. Read on for more about him.

Mikhail Marvo hailed the mission as his 'life's work'
Mikhail Marvo hailed the mission as his ‘life’s work’
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Who is Mikhail Marov?

Mikhail Marov is a professor, scientist, academic grandee, and advisor.

He was born on July 28, 1933, Moscow, Russia.

The Russian scientist famously worked on Putin’s disastrous Luna-25 moon mission.

Marov, 90, was a reportedly a key consultant on the mission – and is one of the most respected physcists and astronomers in Russia.

Mikhail Marov is also a Department Chief at the M. V. Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, and a Professor of Planetary Physics at Moscow State University.

He was one of the leading figures in the exploration of Venus with the Venera series of interplanetary spacecraft, per Planetary.org

The academic grandee had worked on previous space missions for the Soviet Union.

He is a giant of spaceship design, and expert on the moon, Mars and Venus. And he had hailed the Luna-25 mission as the culmination of his life’s work.

The ship spun out of control as it headed towards the surface
The ship spun out of control as it headed towards the surfaceCredit: East2West

What happened to Mikhail Marov?

On Sunday, August 20, 2023, news broke that Mikhail Marov had been rushed to hospital after he demanded “no cover ups”.

He suffered a “sharp deterioration” in his health after the Luna-25 probe smashed into the lunar surface.

Russia was once the leading force in space exploration in the 1950s – putting the first satellite and first man into orbit during the Cold War.

But they were quickly overtaken by the US in the space race, who then put a man on the moon in 1969.

Putin had personally ordered the Luna-25 launch – which would have been the first Russian lunar visit in 47 years.

Vlad has been keen to restablish Russia as a leading scientific power – and to exploit space.

The unmanned spacecraft instead crashed on the surface of the moon after spinning out of control. 

Before he was suddenly taken to hospital – the elderly Marov had demanded no cover up of the reasons for the failure.

And suspicions have already been raised of endemic corruption in the space industry in Russia.

Luna-25’s failure is expected to trigger a blame game with Putin firing those he holds responsible for Russia’s humiliation.

Professor Marov was devastated over the failed landing.

And he made clear this was the reason for his sudden hospitalisation in Moscow’s elite Central Clinical Hospital (TsKB).

He made clear Luna-25 was his “last hope to see the revival of our lunar programme” and this was now dashed. 

Luna-25 was supposed to spend a year on the moon for Russia
Luna-25 was supposed to spend a year on the moon for Russia. Credit: East2West

“It’s sad that we didn’t manage to land the device,” he said. 

He demanded that the reasons should not be hushed up. 

“There was a mistake in the algorithms for launching into near-lunar orbit,” he said.

“It must be found. For the specialists who will be involved in the work of the commission, this will not be a big problem. I think the answer will be found in the foreseeable future.”

From hospital Marov told reporters: “I am under observation. How can I not worry? This has been very much a matter of my life. It’s all very hard.”

Russia must return to space and landing on the moon, he demanded.

The spacecraft was launched on August 10 atop a Soyuz-2 rocketship
The spacecraft was launched on August 10 atop a Soyuz-2 rocketship. Credit: Zuma Press

The spacecraft spun out of control as it was being prepared for pre-landing.

“The apparatus moved into an unpredictable orbit and ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the Moon,” admitted Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. 

It was the most ambitious space project of Putin’s almost 24 year as the de-facto leader of Russia.

Russia had not attempted a moon mission since Luna-24 in 1976, when Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev ruled the Kremlin.

Russian sources are already blaming endemic corruption inside the agency for the failure of the mission.

They are questioning the future of Yury Borisov, a Putin-loyalist and ex-deputy premier now at the helm of the Russian Space Agency. 

He is accused of ending probes into corruption and misuse of budgets at the space agency.

The Russian scientist worked on Putin's disastrous moon mission.
The Russian scientist worked on Putin’s disastrous moon mission.
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Who is Mikhail Marov’s wife?

Mikhail Marov – an ardent proponent on the moon mission described in some reports as its scientific director – is believed to be a husband but his spouse’s name, age, and further details aren’t known to the media. Also, his love story, and relationship timeline with his wife isn’t documented anywhere for the general public.

The names of his spouse and other family members are not publicly known.
The names of his spouse and other family members are not publicly known.
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Does Mikhail Marov have any children?

There are no reports about Mikhail Marov’s kids, however, he is believed to be a father but keeps his family life out of the public’s eyes.

At the moment, no confirmed publication has revealed he has a son or a daughter.

Mikhail Marvo hailed the mission as his 'life's work'
Mikhail Marvo has a sizable net worth.
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What is Mikhail Marov’s net worth?

Soviet-era space giant, Mikhail Marov has accumulated an estimated net worth between $1 million and $5 million for his long years of being a scientist.