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Japanese firm's first attempt to land on the Moon has ended in failure

By T.K. Randall
April 27, 2023 · Comment icon 7 comments

The mission didn't go quite according to plan. Image Credit: Pixabay / Ponciano
The Hakuto-R Mission 1 lander would have been the first privately built spacecraft to land on the lunar surface.
While NASA gets things ready for its attempt to land humans on the Moon within the next few years, Japanese company ispace has been preparing for its own record-breaking lunar landing.

With the goal of becoming the first private company ever to land a spacecraft on the Moon, the firm launched its own unmanned Hakuto-R Mission 1 lander back in December.

The lander had been scheduled to touchdown on the lunar surface on April 25th, but unfortunately things didn't go quite according to plan; the spacecraft failed to phone home after its descent and the team was unable to re-establish contact with it.

As things stand, it seems likely that the probe was destroyed upon impact with the Moon.
"It has been determined that there is a high probability that the lander eventually made a hard landing on the Moon's surface," the company said in a statement.

The next task will be to find out exactly what went wrong.

"Although we do not expect to complete the lunar landing at this time, we believe that we have fully accomplished the significance of this mission, having acquired a great deal of data and experience," said CEO Takeshi Hakamada.

"What is important is to feed this knowledge and learning back to Mission 2 and beyond."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 1 year ago
Here is the live stream of the landing attempt:  
Comment icon #2 Posted by pellinore 1 year ago
A bit of background in a nutshell: Watch Japan’s ispace attempt moon landing with Hakuto-R lunar lander | New Scientist
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ove 1 year ago
probably crashed
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 1 year ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by pellinore 1 year ago
A great shame. I guessed there'd be problems when I saw they were attempting the landing in the afternoon. If they'd tried at night time at least they would be able to see the moon, which would have given them a fighting chance.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 year ago
Where’s the evidence? A bunch of grainy video, proves nothing.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 1 year ago
The evidence of what exactly? No, but the telemetry, picked up multiple ground stations proves a lot.

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