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These experiments are expected to help clarify the origin of the Moon.
Two of the penetrators are planned to land near the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 landing sites, taking advantage of seismic data gathered there from 1969 to 1974.
Russia has lost contact with a crucial satellite just hours after it was launched into space.
The rocket carrying the satellite was only the second launch from the Vostochny spaceport, a project that has been hailed as a major part of Russia’s plans for space exploration.
Roscosmos experts were analysing the situation, it said in a statement.
The new Vostochny spaceport is part of a move by Russia to take launches away from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome and into the country’s far east.
Luna-Resurs (Luna 27) was initially planned as a joint orbiter-rover mission (the orbiter was to be the Indian Chandrayaan-2) that will feature a 58 kg Russian Polar Moon Rover and lander, as part of the International Lunar Network.
This mission will land in Moon's south pole, examine a crater and operate for up to one year.
The six wheeled, solar powered rover will land near one of the poles and will survive for a year, roving up to 150 km at a speed of 360 m/h.
As such, the problems look in danger of causing damage to morale in a country that sets a great deal of store by its historic achievements in space.
The satellite had also been an important part of the Russian space agency’s plans.