Ispace Details Moon Lander Crash Written 27 April 2023


Lander model on exhibition in 2019 | Credit: Syced; Wikipedia; CC0 1.0

The Hill reports that Tokyo-based ispace “confirmed Wednesday that its HAKUTO-R spacecraft, which was scheduled to make a historic lunar landing on Tuesday, likely crashed into the Moon’s surface.” The lander entered the moon’s orbit on March 21 and prepared to land on the lunar surface. However, during the lander’s descent, ground control lost communication with the craft, and the team “determined it was in a vertical position as it approached the lunar surface, however, no data was ever received that indicated a successful touchdown.” Company officials released a statement that reads, “Based on the data, it has been determined that there is a high probability that the lander eventually made a hard landing on the moon’s surface.”
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