Sci-Tech | Apr 13

'Stage is set': Japan startup eyes moon landing late April

A commercial space startup in Japan on Wednesday said its Hakuto-R Mission 1 Lunar Lander is expected to touch surface of the moon late April, making it the first private company in the world to reach the celestial body, according to Anadolu Agency.

The lander took off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida in the US aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December, and is orbiting the moon since March, capturing its images.

If the mission goes as planned, the spacecraft will touch down at around 1.40 a.m. (1640 GMT) on April 26, Japan Standard Time, Ispace said in a statement. ...continue reading

Source: ANNnewsCH


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