Wednesday, April 26, 2023

‘High probability’ Japan spacecraft carrying UAE’s Rashid Rover crashed on moon

Rashid Rover

Japan’s ispace said it there is a high probability that its Hakuto-R Mission 1 spacecraft, carrying the UAE’s Rashid rover, crashed during an attempted lunar landing.
On Wednesday, the company’s lunar lander lost contact just moments before touchdown. The spacecraft was on a 4 1/2-month mission and was aiming to be the first privately owned business to achieve a successful moon landing.

 More than six hours after communication ceased, the Tokyo company ispace finally confirmed what everyone had suspected, saying there was “a high probability” that the lander had slammed into the moon.

1 comment:

  1. It was the second setback for private space development in a week after SpaceX's Starship rocket exploded spectacularly minutes after soaring off its launch pad.

    A private firm has yet to succeed with a lunar landing. Only the United States, the former Soviet Union and China have soft-landed spacecraft on the moon, with attempts in recent years by India and a private Israeli company ending in failure.


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