Luna-25 crashed into the moon: Informed by Russia space agency Roskosmos


Luna-25 crashed into the moon after spinning into an uncontrolled orbit, Russia’s space agency Roskosmos informed on Sunday.

 Luna 25 crashed into the moon
Luna 25 crashed into the moon.( Image Source: DailyYO)

 

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Luna 25 was Russia’s first moon mission in 47 years. The progress comes after a day Roskosmos reported a problem in shunting the Luna 25 into a pre-landing orbit.
“On August 19 & 20 measures were taken to locate the craft and make contact with it were unsuccsessful.
On Saturday, the Luna-25 spacecraft experienced a catastrophic malfunction immediately after a vital manoeuvre while it was being positioned into its pre-landing orbit. Roskosmos confirmed in a statement that contact with the spacecraft was lost due to an unforeseen malfunction during this key phase of the mission.
“The apparatus moved into an unpredictable orbit and ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the Moon,” Roskosmos said in an official statement, communicating the tragic outcome of the Luna-25 mission. This quick and unexpected conclusion represents a serious setback for Russia’s space exploration objectives and has stunned the scientific and space communities throughout the world.
“On August 19, in accordance with the flight programme of the Luna-25 spacecraft, it was planned to issue an impulse to form its pre-landing elliptical orbit,” Roskosmos said in an official statement on Telegram. Communication with the Luna-25 spacecraft was lost around 14:57 Moscow time.
“A specially formed interdepartmental commission will deal with the issues of clarifying the reasons for the loss of the Moon,” the statement continued.
The Luna-25 mission was crucial in Russia’s aspirations to revitalise its lunar exploration programme. The spacecraft was meant to land near the Moon’s south pole, a location of considerable interest to scientists because of its potential for containing water ice—a valuable resource that could be critical for future human expeditions to the Moon and beyond.
The unsuccessful mission was intended to act as a forerunner for more advanced lunar endeavours, clearing the way for the impending Luna-26 and Luna-27 missions, which were supposed to carry out more complex objectives such as collecting and returning lunar soil samples.
The Luna 25 mission was originally envisioned as a key milestone in Russia’s space exploration story, a long-awaited return to lunar exploration after nearly five decades since the last successful Soviet lunar mission. The tragedy not only crushed these hopes, but it also aroused concerns about the technical problems and unexpected obstacles that space organisations encounter when pursuing such large projects.
Blow to prestige mission:
Failure of the prestige mission underlines the decline of Russia as a space power since the glory days of Cold War competition when Moscow was the first one to launch a satellite to orbit the Earth – Sputnik 1 in 1957 and Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel into the space in 1961.
Russia has not attempted a moon mission since Luna-24, in 1976, when Leonid Brezhnev ruled the Kremlin. Luna 25 was supposed to make a soft landing in south pole of the moon on August 21.
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