(TheRedAlertNews.com) – BREAKING NEWS ALERT: In its haste to beat India in the latest lunar landing space race, Russia has suffered a humiliating failure. Just hours ago, its spacecraft crashed into the moon and was destroyed.
Specifically, Russia’s Luna-25 mission, their first lunar endeavor since Luna-24 in 1976, met a catastrophic fate as it spiraled out of control, crashing into the moon.
The incident marks a setback for Russian space ambitions, particularly as they sought to showcase their space prowess amidst the challenges following the post-Soviet period and the fallout from the Ukraine war.
Once a dominant force in space exploration, having launched the first satellite, Sputnik 1, during the Cold War era, Russia now grapples with waning supremacy in space endeavors.
The Luna-25 mission, initiated on August 11, ran into trouble in its pre-landing orbit.
Roskosmos, Russia’s state space corporation, reported: “The apparatus moved into an unpredictable orbit and ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the Moon.”
Due to the incident, an interdepartmental commission has been commissioned to discern the cause.
The crash was not just a blow to Russia’s space ambition but also another setback for a nation facing Western sanctions and embroiled in the most significant land conflict Europe has seen since World War Two.
Contrastingly, as word spread about Russia’s lunar mishap, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced its moon landing plans. “India’s Chandrayaan-3 is set to land on the moon on August 23,” ISRO revealed on X, a platform formerly known as Twitter.
Anatony Zak, from RussianSpaceWeb.com, indicated that Luna-25 confronted insurmountable challenges. “The flight control system was a vulnerable area, which had to go through many fixes,” Zak mentioned. The Luna-25 project was not only ambitious in terms of landing but also highlighted Russia’s deviation from simpler orbital missions.
Years of frustration have enveloped the Russian space community. They’ve recently faced criticism for targeting overambitious projects, often without fruition. This pattern was evident in the 2011 Fobos-Grunt mission bound for Mars, which failed to leave Earth’s orbit, crashing into the Pacific in 2012.
Despite the successful exit of Luna-25 from Earth’s orbit, its failure poses a significant drawback. Russian scientists might now lag in the race to analyze the moon’s south pole’s frozen water reserves.
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