The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are set to launch an H2A launch vehicle carrying their first lunar exploration module, SLIM, on August 26. On Tuesday, July 11, the TASS agency reports.
The device is designed to study the craters and topography of the Moon using technologies similar to those used in face recognition systems. SLIM is equipped with a special camera that is able to recognize iron and other elements contained in rocks on the lunar surface.
As planned, the data obtained will be used as part of the lunar program of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration Artemis.
If the mission is successful, Japan will become the fourth country in the world to land its module on a natural satellite of the Earth. Previously, the Soviet Union, the United States and China succeeded in doing this. Between the sky and the moon: what did the astronauts do during the Apollo 12 mission? to the moon. Delivery to the Earth’s satellite was provided by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch took place in Florida.
After April 12, it became known that the Hakuto-R space module was in orbit at a distance of 100 km from the nearest point to the surface of the Moon. It was assumed that on April 25 the module will begin to descend and take a position suitable for landing.
Later on April 26, Ispace chief Takeshi Hakamada stated that the failure of the module could indicate the failure of the entire mission to land the module. On the same day, communication with the module was interrupted and it was lost 10 m from the lunar surface.
Hakuto-R is the first Japanese spacecraft to reach the lunar surface. The lander is designed to deliver the Rashid lunar rover of the United Arab Emirates and other cargo.Share: