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Russia's Historic Luna-25 Moon Mission Ends in Dramatic Crash 

Historic Mission 

Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, announced on August 20, 2023, that its Luna-25 space probe, which had generated immense excitement worldwide, had tragically crashed into the Moon. 

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Technical Difficulties 

Merely a day after encountering technical difficulties, Luna-25 met its untimely end on the lunar surface, leaving space enthusiasts worldwide in shock. 

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Mysterious Collision 

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the lander essentially "ceased to exist" following a collision with the Moon's surface.  

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Uncontrolled Orbit 

The Luna-25 probe, instead of executing its planned maneuvers smoothly, spun into an uncontrolled orbit, leading to its eventual crash. Roscosmos labeled this a severe "abnormal situation" during a crucial probe maneuver. 

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Emergency Onboard 

Roscosmos stated, "During the operation, an emergency situation occurred on board the automatic station, which did not allow the maneuver to be performed with the specified parameters."  

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Scientific Ambitions Shattered 

Equipped with eight advanced scientific instruments, the probe had ambitious goals. 

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Emergency Onboard 

Roscosmos stated, "During the operation, an emergency situation occurred on board the automatic station, which did not allow the maneuver to be performed with the specified parameters."  

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Communication Lost 

The heart-wrenching moment occurred on August 19 when communication with Luna-25 was abruptly severed at 2:57 pm (1157 GMT) during a crucial thrust operation. 

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Historical Launch 

The mission was set to culminate with a soft landing near the lunar South Pole on August 20, the very day of the crash. 

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Speculations Abound 

Following Luna-25's tragic end, Russian social media platforms are awash with speculations and theories about the crash.  

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International Dynamics

It's worth noting that Roscosmos initially collaborated with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the lunar program. However, after geopolitical tensions arose with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, ESA withdrew from the project. 

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The Next Hope Chandrayaan-3 

the world now eagerly awaits India's Chandrayaan-3 mission. Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander is set to touch down near Luna's intended landing site on Wednesday, August 23, at 18:03 Indian Standard Time (IST). 

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