Russia’s national space agency, Roskosmos, announced on Saturday that the Russian spacecraft on a mission to the moon’s south pole, Luna-25, has produced its first results. The agency shared images of the moon’s Zeeman crater, captured the spacecraft during its five-day journey circling Earth’s natural satellite. The Zeeman crater, located in the moon’s southern hemisphere, is 190 km in diameter and eight km in depth.
Roskosmos revealed that the data received so far has offered valuable information about the chemical elements in the lunar soil. Additionally, this data will assist in the operation of devices designed to study the near-surface of the moon. Furthermore, the equipment on the spacecraft detected a micrometeorite impact event, signaling the harsh conditions present in space.
The Luna-25, the first Russian spacecraft to enter the moon’s orbit since 1976, is approximately the size of a small car. It is set to make a landing on the moon’s south pole on Monday. Over the past few years, scientists from NASA and other space agencies have discovered the presence of frozen water in the craters of the moon’s south pole. This finding has significant implications for major space powers as it could potentially enable longer human expeditions on the moon and establish resource-mining operations.
The progress made the Luna-25 spacecraft signifies a significant advancement for Russia’s space exploration endeavors. By studying the moon’s south pole, scientists hope to gain a deeper understanding of celestial bodies and potentially unlock new possibilities for future space missions.
– Lunar soil: The loose, fragmented material on the moon’s surface.
– Micrometeorite: A small particle of cosmic debris that enters the Earth’s atmosphere or impacts other celestial bodies.
– Roskosmos (Russia’s national space agency)
– NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)