Private Spacecraft Will Attempt To Land On Moon Tomorrow

  • After being launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and spending the last five months making its way to the Moon, a private Japanese spacecraft is about to make its first harrowing attempt to land on the lunar surface.
  • The lander, a part of Japanese company ispace’s Hakuto-R Mission 1, is also carrying the United Arab Emirates’ Rashid rover, potentially paving the way for the first successful soft landing of a private spacecraft on the Moon — if everything goes according to plan, at least.
  • Since April 12, the Mission 1 lander has been orbiting the moon in an elliptical orbit. It even took the time to take some stunning images of the lunar surface.
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