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Japanese space agency releases Omotenashi, the tiny lunar lander that came with Orion

Japan wanted to land its first lunar lander, Omotenashi, which was the smallest lander ever to succeed (in the past, because they eventually gave up). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed this on Tuesday. the ship will not be able to land that they launched on the Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket used in the Artemis I mission.



“It seems like JAXA Energy Access was attempting to recover and restore stability to the posture -Government spokesman Hirakazu Matsuno has clarified-. However, Omotenashi also aims to measure the atmosphere of radioactivity outside Earth’s air and is trying to fine-tune its function, so we want to observe the situation.

After the launch, which took place on November 16 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral (Florida), Orion and Omotenashi left SLS and went their separate ways. However, the Japanese lunar lander could not receive broadcast from earth To fix its trajectory and position because its solar sails were too far from the Sun.


Live Image: The Orion probe near the Moon.

JAXA hoped that Omotenashi would become the country’s first spacecraft to land on the Moon. Its dimensions were 11 cm long, 24 wide and 37 high, and it weighed 12.6 kg. smallest lunar module Which was commanded in the world until today.

Although the Artemis I mission, which wanted to put Orion into lunar orbit, has been successful, the Japanese agency that took advantage of NASA’s SLS technology to launch into space cannot say the same.

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