Russia's Luna-25 moon lander suffers 'emergency situation' in lunar orbit
Russia's Luna-25 moon lander suffered 'an emergency situation' during a maneuver in lunar orbit today (Aug. 19), putting the fate of the landmark mission in doubt.
Russia's first moon mission in nearly half a century may be in serious trouble.
The Luna-25 spacecraft was supposed to maneuver itself into its final pre-landing orbit around the moon today (Aug. 19), ahead of a touchdown attempt on Monday (Aug. 21) or thereabouts. But the probe encountered a problem during the engine burn.
"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," Russia's space agency Roscosmos wrote in an update on Telegram today (in Russian; translation by Google). "The management team is currently analyzing the situation."