Japan will create history today! World’s smallest first moon lander will be sent into space2 min read
Japan is going to send the world’s largest moon lander ‘OMOTENASHI’ into space today.
Japan’s smallest moon lander will be launched by an American rocket this afternoon.
Its objective is to successfully soft-land such a craft on the lunar surface for the first time.
Tokyo. Japan is going to send the world’s smallest moon lander ‘OMOTENASHI’ into space today. Japan’s space agency said on Tuesday that it will launch the world’s smallest moon lander on a US rocket on Wednesday afternoon. The objective is to successfully soft-land such a craft on the lunar surface for the first time. The CubeSat will travel into deep space with a Japanese nanosatellite Equals on board in the US-led Artemis I mission, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
According to Kyodo News, 11 cm long, 24 cm wide and 37 cm high OMOTENASHI is ready to land on the surface of the moon at a speed of 180 kilometers per hour. While shock absorbers and resins will protect the nanosatellite. JAXA estimates that there is a 60 percent chance that it will successfully transmit radio waves that reach Earth after reaching the lunar surface.
OMOTENASHI is the top technology for exploration on the Moon demonstrated by the Nano Semi-Hard Impactor and is one of the Artemis I’s second payloads. This is the first flight of Artemis I, a Space Launch System rocket developed by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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The space rocket’s maiden flight, originally scheduled for August, was postponed due to engine sensor failures and repeated fuel leaks.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 16, 2022, 07:12 IST