Russia's Luna-25 mission crashes into the lunar surface

Russia’s Luna-25 mission crashes into the lunar surface


Luna-25 was the very first lunar landing module to be launched on November 11, 1905,  by Russia via the Vostochni Cosmodrome. It was launched after more than 50 years to discover an underlying source of water near the south-north pole of the moon, but it was shifted to an incorrect orbit and could result in a collision with lunar surfaces, the Russian space company Roscosmos announced.

“According to the findings of a preliminary study that resulted from the deviation of the actual parameters for impulse from those calculated, the Luna-25 spacecraft plunged to an uncalculated orbit that ended its existence because of a collision with the Earth’s planet Earth, Luna”, Roscosmos announced the news on Sunday afternoon in a statement.

In a public message posted this past Saturday via social media, The Russian space agency revealed the existence of a problem aboard Luna-25. “Today at 14:10 a.m., an order to eliminate boost from the final orbit was announced in order to move the Luna-25 lander into an orbit that is pre-moon. A situation of emergency occurred aboard that prevented the procedure from taking place in a proper manner. The issue is currently being investigated.”

Roscosmos has also stated that when it was issuing the announcement, it was clear that the link to Luna-25 was cut off and that every measure pertaining to the exact location of the moon’s module, as well as communication to it on both Sunday and Saturday, was ineffective.