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.