Japan’s ispace concedes failure in bid to make first commercial moon landing

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Wed, 2023-04-26 01:19

Japanese startup ispace Inc. said its attempt to make the first private moon landing had failed on Tuesday after losing contact with its Hakuto-R Mission 1 (M1) lander, concluding it had most likely crashed on the lunar surface.
Final pings of data in the moments before the planned touchdown showed the lander’s speed rapidly increasing, leading engineers at mission control in Tokyo to determine a successful landing was “not achievable,” ispace said in a statement.

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