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Russia’s Luna-25 space craft ‘ceased to exist’ after colliding with the Moon.

A picture of a rocket just as it begins to launch on a cloudy day.
Luna-25 launching from Russia earlier this month. | Photo by Xinhua via Getty Images

Russia’s Luna-25 spacecraft failed to land on the Moon, Roscosmos, Russia’s state-run space corporation, announced today. In a statement, the organization reported that the lander “ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the Moon.” It would’ve been the country’s first Moon landing since 1976.

Luna-25 entered orbit around the Moon last week, and was meant to orbit for just five days before landing on Monday, August 21st, but over the weekend, Roscosmos said it was analyzing a “technical glitch” that occurred as it was preparing the craft to move to a pre-landing orbit. Now the organization says Luna-25 has been lost.

Russia was pushing to beat India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission to land on the Moon. That spacecraft also…

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