Russia’s Luna-25 Spacecraft Crashes Onto Moon’s Surface

Mumbai: Russia’s first lunar mission in 47 years has failed after the Luna-25 spacecraft crashed onto the Moon’s surface, the country’s space agency Roscosmos announced on Sunday.

Earlier on Saturday, the Russian lunar lander had failed to enter its scheduled pre-landing orbit on the Moon.

On August 11th, the Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the Luna-25 automated station for a lunar landing lifts out from a launch pad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East. State Space Corporation of Roscosmos

“On August 19, in accordance with the Luna-25 flight program, an impulse was provided to form its pre-landing elliptical orbit. At about 14:57 Moscow time, communication with the Luna-25 apparatus was interrupted. The measures taken on August 19 and 20 to search for the device and get in contact with it did not produce any results (translated from Russian),” Roscosmos State Space Corporation said on its official Telegram channel.

The space agency said, “According to the results of the preliminary study, the gadget moved to an off-design orbit and “ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the lunar surface.”

Clarifying the causes of the Moon’s disappearance will be handled by a specially created interdepartmental panel, according to Roscosmos.

On August 11, the Russian space agency launched Luna 25, a mission to the lunar south pole that revived lunar research efforts under the Soviet Union. On August 21, it was supposed to try to make a soft landing on the moon, which was before India’s Chandrayaan 3 lunar mission.

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