File photo: In this image made from video released by Roscosmos State Space Corporation, the Soyuz-2.1b rocket with the moon lander Luna-25 automatic station takes off from a launch pad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023. AP
Communication with Luna-25 was lost at 2:57 pm (1157 GMT) on Saturday, Roscosmos said in a statement. According to preliminary findings, the lander "has ceased to exist following a collision with the Moon's surface".
At present specialists of the command and control team are analyzing the situation, Russian news agency TASS reported.
The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle carrying the Luna-25 automatic probe was launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome at 2:10 a.m. Moscow time on August 11. On August 12 and 14, the spacecraft performed two trajectory corrections. On Wednesday, August 16, the automatic probe entered a lunar orbit.