The Russian space agency Roscosmos reported that an “emergency” occurred during a maneuver performed by the Luna-25 probe in preparation for its Moon landing. During a crucial thrust operation intended to transition the probe into its pre-landing orbit, this unforeseen event occurred.
Earlier this week, Russia accomplished a major feat when its Luna-25 spacecraft successfully entered the Moon’s orbit. Being the first Russian lunar mission in almost 50 years, this project is noteworthy. The launch took place at the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Russian Far East, according to AFP.
Roscosmos has not specified whether this unanticipated occurrence will influence Monday’s scheduled landing in the vicinity north of the Boguslawsky crater located near the lunar south pole.
Uncertainty and risks in lunar missions
In June, the head of Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, conveyed to President Vladimir Putin the inherent dangers of lunar missions.
The intricacy and difficulties of lunar exploration are highlighted by the missions’ projected 70% success rate.
The Luna-25 rover will spend an entire year on the Moon, gathering samples and analyzing soil throughout that period. The lander’s cameras have already obtained far-off pictures of the Moon and Earth from space.
Russia’s lunar endeavors
Russia has declared its intent to proceed with its lunar plans regardless of Western cooperation. The European Space Agency has announced that it will not participate in joint missions with Moscow, citing its concerns over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
The incident that occurred during the Luna-25 mission exemplifies the inherent difficulties and unpredictability of lunar exploration, as nations endeavor to unlock the secrets of our celestial neighbor while navigating complex geopolitical dynamics on Earth.