The Russian space agency announced on Sunday that an initial investigation into the Luna 25 mission problem indicates that a discrepancy between the real and estimated parameters of the propulsion maneuver caused the spacecraft to enter an unexpected orbit. This led to it crashing into the lunar surface and being lost.

The official Telegram channel of Roscosmos State Space Corporation announced

“On August 19, in accordance with the Luna-25 flight programme, an impulse was provided to form its pre-landing elliptical orbit. At about 14:57 Moscow time, communication with the Luna-25 apparatus was interrupted. The measures taken on August 19 and 20 to search for the device and get in contact with it did not produce any results,”

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