Russian Lunar Station “Luna-25” Crashes Due to Accelerometer Malfunction

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It has been revealed that the Russian lunar station “Luna-25” crashed due to the failure of its accelerometers to activate on time and relay the necessary data for engine shutdown. Yuri Borisov, the CEO of the state corporation “Roscosmos,” shared this information during a conversation with journalists.

“The corrective engine did not stop operating based on information from the accelerometer, which is the device that provides data about changes in speed. The reason is that the accelerometers did not activate. We are currently investigating why they did not activate,” said Mr. Borisov during a press conference.

The head of Roscosmos mentioned that 16 accident scenarios are currently under consideration, with specialists having already examined 11 of them. It is expected that the work to identify the causes of the accident will be completed by the end of September. Mr. Borisov also noted that his first words of support after the crash of “Luna-25” came from Bill Nelson, the head of NASA (the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

To recap, the “Luna-25” station was launched into space on August 11. This marked Russia’s first lunar station launch in nearly 50 years. “Roscosmos” reported losing communication with the station on August 20. Preliminary data suggests that “Luna-25” entered an uncontrolled orbit and collided with the Earth’s surface. It is anticipated that the mission will be repeated in 2026 with “Luna-26.”

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Vasyl Kolomiiets
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I'm Vasyl Kolomiiets, a seasoned tech journalist regularly contributing to global publications. Having a profound background in information technologies, I seamlessly blended my technical expertise with my passion for writing, venturing into technology journalism. I've covered a wide range of topics including cutting-edge developments and their impacts on society, contributing to leading tech platforms.

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