The Japanese Space Agency has successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon. The announcement represents an unmanned aircraft has successfully landed on the lunar surface.
Japan joins an exclusive group of nations (US, Soviet Union, China, India) that have successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon.
JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa announced successful landing on 20 Jan 2024.
The probe's solar panels aren't generating electricity as planned on the lunar surface, JAXA officials said in the briefing
The Falcon Heavy rocket for this mission rolled back out to the pad at Launch Complex 39A . All other previous mission were launched using United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 501 rocket from neighboring pad 41. About 8.5 minutes after liftoff, the two Falcon Heavy side boosters, tail numbers B1064 and B1065, returned to Landing Zone 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. These boosters made their fifth flight to date after launching the USSF-44, USSF-67, Jupiter-3 and Psyche missions previously. They will be launched one more time in October 2024 to launch NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft to the Jovian moon of the same name. While the payloads on board the spaceplane are mostly undisclosed, the mission is another opportunity for NASA to learn about the impacts of long-duration spaceflight for humans.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy Rocket Ready to Launch X - 37B after previously giving it a ride in 2017
This is the Fifth Falcon Heavy Launch of 2023
NASA chief Bill Nelson on Wednesday tweeted, “Congratulations @isro on your successful Chandrayaan-3 lunar South Pole landing! And congratulations to #India on being the 4th country to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon. We’re glad to be your partner on this mission!”
Congratulations to ISRO, Project Team & with this India becomes the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon and the first country to successfully land near the South Pole of the Moon! THE 'FLYING METALS' TEAM
In this episode, you will see some amazing new images and updates from India’s historic moon mission, Chandrayaan-3. Chandrayaan-3 is the first mission to land in the lunar south pole region, making India the fourth country to successfully land on the moon. Explained here, how Chandrayaan-3 works and what it has achieved and found so far, using its scientific instruments and methods. Also explained why these findings are important and what they can reveal about the moon and its history.
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