The Luna 25, a Russian spacecraft that was intended to carry out an ambitious lunar mission, crashed onto the Moon after spinning out of control. The sad mishap, which was reported by the nation’s state space organization, Roscosmos, brought Russia’s first moon trip in nearly 50 years to an unsatisfactory finish.

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As it was being placed into its pre-landing orbit on Saturday, the Luna 25 spacecraft experienced a catastrophic malfunction just after a crucial maneuver. In a statement, Roskosmos said that an unforeseen problem during this crucial stage of the mission had caused contact with the spacecraft to be lost.

Luna 25

Roscosmos statment about Luna 25

In their official statement, Roscosmos conveyed the tragic conclusion of the Luna 25 mission:The device was destroyed after colliding with the Moon’s surface and moving into an erratic orbit. This quick and unexpected result, which constitutes a severe setback for Russia’s objectives for space exploration, has the scientific and space communities around the world in disbelief.

Roscosmos made the following official statement on Telegram: “On August 19, it was intended to issue an impulse to form the Luna-25 spacecraft’s pre-landing elliptical orbit in accordance with the mission program.Contact with the Luna-25 spacecraft was lost at 14:57 Moscow time.. The efforts made on August 19 and 20 to locate the device and communicate with it were unsuccessful.

The task of explaining the circumstances behind the disappearance of the Moon will be handled by a specially created interdepartmental commission, it was noted.

A key component of Russia’s plans to revive its lunar exploration program was the Luna-25 mission. The spacecraft was designed to touch down on the moon’s south pole, which is of considerable interest to scientists because it may contain water ice, a resource that could be crucial for forthcoming human journeys to the Moon and beyond.

The unsuccessful mission was intended to pave the way for more complex lunar undertakings, such as the collection and return of lunar soil samples, by laying the groundwork for the next Luna-26 and Luna-27 missions.

Roscosmos had first referred to the Luna 25 mission as a pivotal turning point in Russia’s space exploration history after more than 50 years had passed since the previous successful Soviet lunar trip.

Luna 25

Luna 25

 The incident has not only crushed these goals, but it has also sparked debate on the technological difficulties and unforeseeable difficulties that space agencies encounter while attempting such difficult tasks.

The space agency announced that an investigation into the crash’s reasons will begin, although it made no mention of any potential technical issues.

In an effort to continue the heritage of the Luna program from the Soviet era and signal a return to independent lunar exploration in the face of deepening isolation from the West, Moscow had hoped that Luna-25 would do just that.

The 800-kilogram Luna 25 spacecraft was supposed to perform the first-ever soft landing on the lunar south pole.

Since the Soviet Union’s unfortunate Phobos 2 spacecraft to investigate the moons of Mars failed in 1989 due to an onboard computer glitch, Russia has not made an effort to land on a celestial body.

The project would be “risky,” according to Yuri Borisov, the head of Roscosmos, who told President Vladimir Putin face to face in June that the likelihood that it would be successful was “around 70%.”

Luna 25

Moon Mission after 1976

Only one nation, China, has been successful in sending a spacecraft to gently land on the moon since 1976. With Chang’e 3 and Chang’e 4, it accomplished that twice. India, Israel, Japan, and now Russia have all made attempts over the past ten years, but they have all been unsuccessful. Chandrayaan-3 entered the pre-landing orbit early on Sunday morning in India’s second attempt to land later this week.


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