Russia’s Luna-25 Moon Mission Crashes: What Went Wrong?
According to the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Russia’s Luna-25 probe, which was on its first Moon mission in nearly 50 years, crashed on the Moon’s surface as a result of an undisclosed mishap that occurred during pre-landing operations. On Saturday, communication with the probe was lost, and subsequent efforts to find and get in touch with it proved fruitless. A probe will be started to find out what caused the collision.
The mission’s failure brings to light the difficulties the Russian space industry is facing, such as corruption, a lack of innovation, and restricted partnerships. The disaster occurs as many firms and countries get involved in a race to explore the moon, sparking a resurgence of interest worldwide. Although the next Moon mission isn’t scheduled to launch until 2028 or later, Russia had hoped that the Luna-25 mission would signal a return to autonomous Moon exploration.
The failure of the investigation, according to former researcher Valery Yegorov, may have been caused by electronic issues brought on by Western sanctions against Moscow. He added that the Russian government now does not consider scientific research and space exploration to be priorities.
In order to gather soil samples and look for water, the Luna-25 probe was planned to perform a historic soft landing on the Moon’s south pole. Data collection for upcoming launches and potential lunar colonies was the goal of the expedition.
Geopolitical concerns have hampered Russia’s space collaboration with the West, and as a result, the European Space Agency cancelled plans for cooperative Moon and Mars missions. As China and India are also launching their own probes and the United States resumes manned missions, the successful landing of Luna-25 would have opened the way for additional Russian trips to the Moon.