Space & Astronomy
Europe to send lander to the Moon
By T.K. Randall
July 30, 2012 · 7 comments
Image Credit: ESA
The European Space Agency's Lunar Lander mission will aim to land a robot on the surface in 2018.
The unmanned lander will be the first European spacecraft to land on the Moon and will feature a robotic arm for taking samples and on board diagnostic equipment to analyze them. The Lunar Lander will touch down at the Moon's south pole where no exploration missions have ever been before.
The lander will also be armed with sophisticated guidance technology allowing it to digitally map the ground as it approaches, pick an ideal landing spot and touch down on the lunar surface all on its own.
The European Space Agency is aiming for the Moon with their Lunar Lander mission, anticipated to arrive on the lunar surface in 2018
Source: Universe Today
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