Russia’s Moon mission – level 3

24-08-2023 07:00

Russia’s first Moon mission in 47 years the Luna-25 failed as the spacecraft lost control and crashed into the Moon.

The mission aimed to return Russia to lunar exploration but highlighted the decline of its once-mighty space program. The craft’s pre-landing orbit preparations encountered problems, causing it to collide with the moon’s surface. Russia’s space agency Roskosmos formed an investigative commission to determine the cause. The incident showcased the contrast between Russia’s past achievements, like launching Sputnik and sending Yuri Gagarin to space, and its present challenges, including economic issues and geopolitical pressures.

While Moon missions are complex, this setback reflects concerns about Russia’s space capabilities in comparison to China, the United States, and even India’s ongoing lunar endeavors.

Difficult words: mighty (impressive or powerful), showcase (to display), endeavor (an attempt to achieve a goal).

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