The same day, NASA also released photos of the possible location where the collision occurred.
Russia’s first mission to the Moon in 47 years failed on August 19 when the Luna-25 probe encountered a problem with its thrusters, Russian federal space agency Roscosmos said, according to CBS News. Contact with ground command was lost and the ship went in the wrong direction. To revolve around.
Last week, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) took photos of what NASA described as a “new crater” after Roscosmos announced the probe’s crash coordinates.
“Because this new crater is close to Luna-25’s predicted impact point, the LRO team concluded that it was likely formed by that impact rather than a natural trigger,” NASA wrote in a statement. Press release.
Moscow has also set up a committee to investigate the exact cause of Luna-25’s crash.
Luna-25 is an effort to bring Russia back into a new space race, as the US, China, India, Japan and private companies plan multiple lunar exploration missions.
All countries are paying renewed attention to the southern polar region of the Moon because layers of ice may be present in hidden craters here. Ice could give future spacecraft a way to create air, water and even hydrogen rocket fuel.
India’s Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lunar lander successfully landed near the moon’s south pole just days after the Russian probe crashed, marking a historic milestone in the development of the South Asian country’s space programme.