A big statement of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos chief reveals the reason behind crashing Luna-25, calls it's a decades of inactivity. Before the launch, Roscosmos said it wanted to show Russia “is a state capable of delivering a payload to the moon. Russia's hopes of landing on the surface of the moon after nearly half a century were shattered when its lunar mission Luna-25 crashed.
Moscow: With the crash of the Russian spacecraft ‘Luna 25’, Russia’s dream of moon mission shattered. Nearly a day after Russia’s most talked-about lunar mission crashed on the Moon, a big statement of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos chief reveals the reason behind crashing Luna-25, calls it’s a decades of inactivity. The space agency on Monday said that the Luna-25 spacecraft crashed after its engines failed to shut down correctly, and he blamed the country’s decades-long pause in lunar exploration for the mishap. Luna was to attempt a moon landing on 21 August, ahead of India’s Chandrayaan 3. However, it crashed before 21 August.
In an interview to a Russian TV channel, the head of the agency, Yuri Borisov, said that under no circumstances should the Moon mission be interrupted, it would be the worst decision.
Along with this, Borisov also explained the reason for the crash of Luna 25. He blamed the country’s decades-long pause on lunar exploration for the mission’s failure. They said, The main reason is the failure of Luna 25, hindering Moon missions for almost 50 years. The invaluable experience that our predecessors acquired in the 1960s and 1970s was practically lost during the program’s stagnation.
Initial analysis of the mission revealed that a difference between the actual and calculated parameters while changing the orbit caused the spacecraft to enter an unexpected orbit, resulting in a collision with the lunar surface and a crash. The engine, which was supposed to put the spacecraft into orbit before landing, worked for 127 seconds instead of the planned 84 seconds. This was the main reason for the crash.
Roscosmos launched its Moon mission Luna 25 to the Moon’s south pole on 10 August, reviving the Soviet Union-era lunar exploration missions. The objective of the mission was to study the composition of the lunar polar regolith (surface material) and the plasma of the lunar polar exosphere and the soil of the lunar surface.