NASA Orbiter Captures 10 Meter Wide Crater in Moon After Russian Luna 25 Spacecraft Crashed

NASA released a picture of a 10-meter-wide crater in the Moon’s South Pole caused by the Russian Luna-25 spacecraft crash. These polar craters may hold water. Scientists are interested in using lunar water for future exploration and rocket fuel. ISRO launched Chandrayaan-3 on the 14th to explore the Moon’s South Pole. Russia launched Luna-25 from Vostochny on the 11th, ending a 47-year gap, with its mission to study minerals, fuel, oxygen, and water on the Moon’s surface. Russia’s unmanned robot lander crashed into the Moon. Roscosmos lost contact during an uncontrolled orbit before landing. Luna 25 successfully landed, creating a 10-meter crater, captured by NASA’s Lunar Surface Orbiter. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, in operation since June 18th, 2009, will continue its mission until 2025. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, orbiting the Moon, captured images of a specific area in June 2022. Upon revisiting the area, a new crater has been discovered, possibly caused by Russia’s Luna 25 spacecraft’s crash on the Moon’s surface. This finding suggests recent lunar activity.

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