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    Russian Space Agency Says its Luna-25 Spacecraft Has Crashed Into the Moon

    Russian Space Agency Says its Luna-25 Spacecraft Has Crashed Into the Moon

    Moscow (AP) — 's robot lander the Luna-25 spacecraft crashed into the moon after it had spun into uncontrolled orbit, the country's space agency Roscosmos reported on Sunday.

    “The apparatus moved into an unpredictable orbit and ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the moon,” read a statement from the agency.

    Roscosmos said it lost contact with the spacecraft on Saturday after it ran into trouble while preparing for its pre-landing orbit after reporting an “abnormal situation ” that its specialists were analyzing. “During the operation, an abnormal situation occurred on board the automatic station, which did not allow the maneuver to be performed with the specified parameters,” the agency said in a Telegram post.

    The spacecraft was scheduled to land on the south pole of the moon on Monday. The lunar south pole is of particular interest to scientists, who believe the permanently shadowed polar craters may contain frozen water in the rocks that future explorers could transform into and rocket fuel.

    The Russian lunar lander was racing to land on Earth's satellite ahead of an Indian spacecraft, launched on July 14. Both were expected to reach the moon between Aug. 21-23.

    Only three governments have managed successful moon landings: the Soviet Union, the United States and , but not on the moon's south pole. and Russia have been racing to be the first…

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