The Russian Luna-25 lunar lander in lunar orbit |  Science and the planet

The Russian Luna-25 lunar lander in lunar orbit | Science and the planet

Luna-25, Russia’s first lunar lander in nearly fifty years, has been successfully put into lunar orbit. This was announced by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

“For the first time in modern Russian history, an automatic station was put into lunar orbit at 12:03 am Moscow time (11:03 am Belgian time, ed.),” it sounds like. “All systems on Luna-25 are operating normally and communications are stable.”

The probe was launched into lunar orbit using its engine, which was turned on twice from 11:57 am Moscow time: the first time for 243 seconds and the second time for 76 seconds.

South Pole

The probe will orbit the moon within 100 kilometers of the surface before landing on Monday north of the Boguslavsky crater at the moon’s south pole.

On Sunday, the probe’s cameras captured the first images from space, showing parts of the probe along with Earth and the Moon in the distance.


In its official press release, the Russian Space Agency said that Luna-25, which weighs 800 kilograms, once it reaches the moon, will take soil samples, analyze the soil and conduct long-term scientific research, for at least a year.

The last spacecraft launched by the former Soviet Union to the Moon was Luna-24. In August 1976, he brought a sample of soil from the Moon to Earth.

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