Luna 25 is a lunar lander mission launched by Roscosmos, a Russian Federation state corporation responsible for space flights, cosmonautics programs, and aerospace research. Russia’s Luna 25 will land in the crater Boguslawsky near the lunar south pole. It is also known as the Luna-Glob-Lander, will study the composition of the moon’s polar soil as well as the plasma and dust found in its thin atmosphere and water on its surface. The Luna-25 probe, according to Roscosmos, will “analyze the soil, study the upper layer of regolith, and the lunar exosphere.” Let’s delve into the fine details of Russia’s Luna 25 including its live location, current status, landing date, and other latest updates. So, continue reading the article for more details!
Luna 25 Latest Updates
This is a mission to land on the moon’s south pole, where ice exists, which will aid many countries’ future space missions. Russia launched Luna 25 on August 10, 2023, to reach the moon’s south pole on August 21, 2023.
This is Russia’s first moon mission in 47 years, and it competes with another spacecraft to reach the Moon. That mission is from India, and its spacecraft Chandrayaan 3 was launched in July, but due to differences in the way Russian satellites travel, Russian satellites may reach before Chandrayaan 3.
Even though Luna-25 was launched on a Soyuz rocket earlier this week, nearly a month after Chandrayaan-3 on July 14, it will complete the 3.84-lakh-kilometer journey in days. The Russian mission was able to take a more direct path to the moon due to its lighter payload and more fuel storage.
According to Russia’s space agency, the scientific instruments were turned on as the spacecraft hurtled towards the moon, which is 384,400 km (238,855 miles) away from our planet, and the first data on the flight was measured. “The first measurement data from the flight to the Moon has been obtained, and the project’s scientific team has begun processing it,” Roscosmos announced.
The Russian mission, like the Indian mission, will attempt to land on the lunar south pole, a prized destination that may contain substantial amounts of ice that could be used for the extraction of oxygen and fuel in the future. If either mission succeeds before the other, it will be the first in human history to land on the lunar south pole.
You can track the Luna 25 satellite by visiting the State Space Corporation’s official website, “Roscosmos,” where all updates regarding the Luna 25 Satellite will be updated. After the launch of Luna 25, Russians want to know the exact location of the satellite. The Russian space agency has tracked Luna 25, and it is constantly updating its social media accounts. You can look here to learn more about it, and the agency is also providing these updates to the news channel.
According to Reuters, Roscosmos has laid out an ambitious timeline for Luna-25, which would take five days to reach the moon’s orbit and another five to seven days to land on the lunar surface. According to the New York Times, Luna 25 will arrive at the moon and enter orbit on August 16, before attempting to land on the surface on August 21.
Luna 25 Path
The Russian Space Agency has been working on this mission for the past year, and it has now successfully launched a satellite that will travel 11 days to the moon. Although Luna-25 was launched earlier this week on a Soyuz rocket, nearly a month after Chandrayaan-3 on July 14, it will complete the 3.84-lakh-kilometer journey in just a few days.
The Russian mission was able to travel to the moon more quickly due to its smaller payload and extra fuel storage. It weighs 1.8 tonnes and carries 31 kilograms of scientific equipment, some of which will be used to collect rock samples from up to a depth of 15 centimeters to test for the presence of water, which could be used to support future crewed missions to the Moon. The Lander-Rover alone weighs 1,752 kg on Chandrayaan, with the propulsion module weighing an additional 2,148 kg.
Previously, the Luna 25 was scheduled to launch in October 2021, but due to unforeseen circumstances, it was delayed for two years. The Luna 25 will not revolve around the Earth and the moon as in Chandrayaan 3.
Luna 25 Landing Date
India is also interested in Russia’s moon mission. This is because the Russian lander is expected to land near the lunar South Pole a few days before India, denying India the honor of being the first country to soft-land near the South Pole. The Russian mission will reach the Moon in much less time than Chandrayaan-3 because the latter takes a longer route that takes advantage of the gravitational pulls of the Earth and the Moon to use much less fuel.
The Russian mission was launched on August 10. It will enter lunar orbit on August 16 and make a soft landing on August 21 or 22. India’s lunar mission will not be able to land before August 23, due to lunar dawn at the landing site.
According to Reuters, the Luna-25 spacecraft from the Russian space agency Roscosmos would take five days to reach the moon and then spend five to seven days in lunar orbit before landing on one of three potential landing sites near the south pole.
Due to the known existence of ice at the Moon’s South Pole, all agencies are concentrating their efforts there. The discovery of Luna-25 in the Lunar South Pole will be closely scrutinized all over the world. However, the landing sites of Luna-25 play an important role. According to experts, navigating the difficult terrain of the moon’s south pole will be difficult. So let us hope for the best, and it will be interesting to see who won the race to the moon’s south pole.