Japan Space Firm’s Lunar Lander Enters Orbit Around Moon
7:00 JST, March 24, 2023
Tokyo-based Ispace Inc. said Tuesday that its moon lander had entered orbit around the moon.
With touchdown scheduled for the end of April, the space company’s lander would become the world’s first private sector lunar module to land on the moon.
The vehicle was launched aboard a U.S. rocket in December, then followed a special route to the moon to conserve fuel. In January, the lander flew to a position 1.37 million kilometers from Earth and then headed toward the moon.
The module used jet propulsion to correct its orbit and then entered an elliptical orbit around the moon at an altitude of between 100 and 6,000 kilometers on Tuesday.
The lander is scheduled to descend and land on a crater located in the moon’s northern hemisphere. The crater has a diameter of 87 kilometers.
Ispace sees business opportunities in segments such as lunar resource development and transporting goods. The company aims to test and develop relevant technologies through the latest launch.
The lander is loaded with various items including an exploratory robot developed by toy maker Tomy Co. and a United Arab Emirates space rover.
"SCIENCE & NATURE" POPULAR ARTICLE
Europe’s Euclid Space Telescope Releases First Images
G7 to Share Information on Invasive Alien Species; Members Agree to Create Database, Strengthen Research
Autonomous Driving Could Get ¥2.7 Billion Boost from Japanese Govt
Joby Shows Off Electric Air Taxis in New York
Astronaut Takuya Onishi Set for Long-Term ISS Mission Around 2025; Fellow Astronaut Yui’s Mission Pushed Back
JN ACCESS RANKING
- BOJ Ueda: Japan Increasingly Likely to Hit Inflation Target
- Japan April-Sept. Current Account Surplus Hits Record High
- Japan 2023 Food Exports Reach 1 Tril. Yen at Record Pace
- 69.7 Bil. Yen in COVID-19 Loans to Small Businesses Uncollectible