The Russian spacecraft crashed as a substitute of constructing a comfortable touchdown on the lunar south pole.
It was a mission to raise Russia’s standing at dwelling and in area, however the Luna-25 spacecraft failed to stay its touchdown.
Its crash is elevating questions on Moscow’s area programme, notably as Russia turns into extra remoted from the West.
Like Russia, China, India and the US are additionally trying to discover whether or not ice and different assets will be discovered on the lunar south pole.
So, how massive a setback has the Kremlin suffered?
And what does it imply for rival programmes and enterprise ventures out of this world?
Presenter: Laura Kyle
Steve Maran – Retired astronomer from NASA’s Goddard House Flight Middle and creator of the guidebook Astronomy for Dummies
Anil Kumar Bhatt – Retired lieutenant common from the Indian Military and director common of the Indian House Affiliation
Derrick Pitts – Chief astronomer and planetarium programmes director at The Franklin Institute