Roscosmos names the reason for crash of Russian Luna-25 space station

The Russian state corporation Roscosmos [Russia’s government authority responsible for space projects – ed.] says that its Luna-25 space station fell to the surface of the moon and crashed because the engine did not turn off in time.

Source: Kremlin-aligned Russian news agency RIA Novosti with reference to Yuriy Borisov, the head of Roscosmos

Quote: “Luna-25’s engine did not turn off in time – it worked for 127 seconds instead of 84, which led to the accident.”

Details: To justify the failure of the mission, Borisov stated that “due to the interruption of the lunar programs for 50 years, we have to re-master the technologies” and “no one can give guarantees”.

However, Borisov added, “Russia definitely needs to participate in the lunar race”.


Earlier, Roskosmos reported that the Luna-25 space station collided with the Moon and ceased to exist.
On 11 August, the launch of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the first Russian lunar station Luna-25 in almost 50 years took place from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.


  1. “Russia definitely needs to participate in the lunar race”.

    That race was won in 1969, did nobody tell you?

      • They already passed the bottom. Maybe once they are through and the stellar constellation will be in their favor they may finally drop onto the moon. 😁

  2. 54 years ago the U.S.A. sent men to the moon….and the whole world watched live on TV… and we brought them back alive. (okay, that first broadcast was in black and white)
    We went back 5 times. One time the spacecraft suffered an explosion and we still brought the astronauts back alive.
    54 years later Russia can’t land an unmanned craft on the moon.
    I bet Ukraine could!

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