The agency said the problem occurred after the spacecraft was sent into pre-landing orbit and lost contact with it on Saturday. “The spacecraft went into an unpredictable orbit and because of this it collided with the lunar surface,” Roscosmos said.
Moscow. Russia’s space agency said on Sunday that its Luna-25 spacecraft had crashed on the moon. Roscosmos reported on Sunday that its unmanned robot lander crashed into the moon after it lost control in orbit. The agency said the problem occurred after the spacecraft was sent into pre-landing orbit and lost contact with it on Saturday. Roscosmos said, “The craft went into an unpredictable orbit and because of this it collided with the lunar surface.” Russia sent its lunar mission earlier this month for the first time since 1976 Soviet era.
Before news of the spacecraft’s crash broke, Roscosmos reported on Saturday that “unusual circumstances” had occurred and that experts were analyzing the problem. Roscosmos said in a telegram post, “During the expedition, an unusual situation occurred at the automated station, due to which the planned change of route could not be carried out according to the established parameters.” The spacecraft was to land on the south pole of the moon on Monday. It was competing with the Chandrayaan-3 of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which is scheduled to land on the lunar surface on 23 August. Of special interest to scientists is the south pole of the Moon, which is believed to have craters formed there that are always dark and expected to contain water. Frozen water in rocks can be used in the future as air for astronauts and fuel for rockets.
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