Luna-25 Crash: what exactly happened..?

Luna-25 Crash: How did Russia’s Luna-25 lunar lander crash in the final moments of landing?

Luna-25 Crash
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Luna-25 Crash: A major setback has occurred for Russia’s lunar mission as the Luna-25 spacecraft crashed on the lunar surface before landing. The Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed this. Russia had initiated this ambitious mission to the moon after nearly 50 years, but it has now turned out to be unsuccessful.

Russia’s Luna-25 was supposed to land on the moon’s surface on August 21st, but it crashed before landing. According to information provided by Roscosmos, at 2:57 PM on Saturday, contact with Luna-25 was suddenly lost. This led to concerns about its landing process.

The trajectory did not change.

Luna-25 Crash: The Russian space agency indicated in its initial assessment that Luna-25 encountered some difficulties during its orbital change, which altered its position but did not change its trajectory significantly. Following that, Luna-25 ended up in an unexpected orbit and subsequently crashed on the lunar surface.

Luna-25 Crash For the pre-landing phase of the Luna-25 mission, thrust was initiated to adjust its trajectory for landing. However, afterward, the autonomous station-keeping maneuvers encountered challenges, and the mission could not be successfully completed.

Roscosmos has also mentioned establishing a commission to investigate this incident. In June, Yuri Borisov, the head of Roscosmos, had pointed out potential risks with this mission and had estimated a roughly 70% chance of success.

Was expected to have a soft landing on the South Pole.

According to Russian media, Luna-25 was launched on August 11. The 800-kilogram Luna-25 spacecraft was intended for a soft landing on the lunar South Pole, where no one has reached yet. It was supposed to collect soil samples, search for water on the lunar surface, and carry out other tasks.

Chandrayaan-3’s Lunar Descent

Meanwhile, on August 20, the lander module (LM) of India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully reached the lunar orbit with a slight deviation. Now, on August 23 at 6:04 PM, the lunar descent toward the South Pole is expected.

Chandrayaan-3 was launched on July 14 at 2:35 PM using the successful GSLV Mk III (LVM-3) rocket. After traveling a distance of 384,000 kilometers from Earth to the Moon, Chandrayaan-3 will attempt its descent on the lunar surface.

All the preparatory steps for the Chandrayaan-3 mission have been successful so far. Therefore, if everything goes as planned, Chandrayaan-3 is poised to attempt its descent on the Moon on August 23.

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