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Russia's Luna 25 probe destroyed as it crashes into the Moon

By T.K. Randall
August 21, 2023 · Comment icon 19 comments

Things are not going well for Russia's space agency. Image Credit: Pixabay / Ponciano
The Russian space agency had been attempting to become the first to land a probe on the Moon's south pole.
It would be fair to say that Russia's space endeavors have been in significant decline in recent years, no thanks in part to the amount of funds being redirected away for military purposes.

This latest mission, which aimed to land a probe on the Moon's south pole for the first time, had been a risky endeavor from the outset.

This area of the lunar surface is of particular interest to scientists because it is thought to be home to frozen water and precious elements that could one day sustain a human base.

As the probe neared its destination on Sunday morning, however, all contact was lost.
Roscosmos later confirmed that the spacecraft had "ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the Moon" - or in other words, it had crashed.

With Russia out of the race, the way is now clear for India's new probe - Chandrayaan-3 - to attempt a similar landing within the next few days.

If it succeeds, it will deploy a rover that will explore the immediate vicinity of the landing site.

"Every space mission is very risky and highly technical," a spokesperson for the Indian space agency Isro told BBC News. "It's unfortunate that Luna-25 has crashed."

Source: BBC News | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 11 months ago
No. Space probes don't transmit TV signals 24/7, in fact most of them don't transmit TV signals at all. They usually transmit still images which are assembled into a stop-frame movie on Earth. For a lunar lander, in particular, moving images would be an unnecessary use resources, with no atmosphere there is nothing moving. These images are not transmitted 24/7 as, when in orbit, the spacecraft is frequently behind the Moon and out of contact with ground control. Also, as the Earth rotates, the ground stations are not always in the correct position to receive signals. Space probes store informa... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Gumball 11 months ago
Cause Ukraine has ran out of room.
Comment icon #12 Posted by bmk1245 11 months ago
Yeah, except muscovites rushed launch for political reasons as putler's regime needs some wins.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 11 months ago
Rushed the launch? Luna-25 has been in planning and production for more than ten years (I first posted about it on this site in 2013). That's hardly rushing.
Comment icon #14 Posted by bmk1245 11 months ago
As far as I heard they had to change some parts under sanctions (imposed in 2022) for homegrown parts. Next thing, look how cautiously Indians maneuver Chandrayaan-3, while muscovites tried to beat them in landing.
Comment icon #15 Posted by quiXilver 11 months ago
Russia showing again, their inherent qualities of governance and collective abilities traits.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 11 months ago
Yes, they had to change some parts, the result of ESA withdrawing cooperation, but that was more than a year before launch. As for trying to beat the Indians, that may be true but had nothing to do with this failure. The launch had been planned for 2023 for a considerable amount of time, the difference of a few days either way was not a contributing factor. The failure did not occur during an attempt at landing, it occurred during am orbital lowering procedure. The engines fired longer than they should, either as a result of hardware or software failure. Luna-25 was a technology demonstration ... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 11 months ago
You weren't saying that when the only way US astronauts could reach the ISS was on Soyuz spacecraft.
Comment icon #18 Posted by quiXilver 11 months ago
Comment icon #19 Posted by bmk1245 11 months ago
Except muscovites practiced burn timings for decades since last Luna lander...

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