Looking past Luna 25’s lunar landing failure: what’s next?

Published by NASASpaceflight on 08/20/2023 UTC

On Aug. 19, at 11:10 UTC, the Russian spacecraft Luna 25 performed a planned orbit maneuver. After an eight-day flight and two orbit corrections, it was parked in a circumlunar  90 by 113-kilometer orbit. It was time to transfer to the pre-landing orbit with the parameters of 18 by 100 kilometers. But something went wrong, and at 11:57 UTC, the connection with the spacecraft was lost and it crashed into the Moon.

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