Russia reports an "emergency" situation on the Luna-25 spacecraft

By 19/08/2023 Portal

The Russian space agency Roscosmos reported this Saturday that an "emergency situation" has occurred on the Russian Luna-25 spacecraft, which was preparing for a pre-landing orbit, according to information compiled by 'Azernews'. "A pulse was issued to transfer the probe to pre-landing orbit," the agency explained. "During the operation, an emergency situation arose on board the automatic [lunar] station, which did not allow the maneuver to be carried out with the specified parameters," he added. Specialists are analyzing the situation, without giving more details. Related News standard No Russia returns to the Moon after almost half a century ABC Science The Luna 25 mission will be launched in the early hours of this Friday from the Vostochny cosmodrome, 5,550 kilometers east of Moscow The Russian lunar spacecraft entered on Wednesday the Moon's orbit, an important step towards the country's ambition to be the first to land on the Moon's south pole in search of frozen water, and also to study the impact of cosmic rays and electromagnetic radiation on the surface of the moon. "The Luna-25 automatic station designed at the Lavochkin Research and Production Association (part of the state corporation Roscosmos) has entered the orbit of the artificial satellite of the Moon," Roscosmos said in a statement. Luna-25 took off on August 11 from the Vostochny spaceport in the Russian Far East at 2:10 a.m. Moscow time (01:10 Spanish time). Over three days, the automated probe adjusted its flight path twice. In addition, it entered lunar orbit at 11:57 a.m., according to the Russian space corporation Roscosmos. Luna-25 will orbit the Moon, Earth's only natural satellite, for about 5 days, and then change course for a soft landing at the lunar south pole, scheduled for August 21.