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Japan’s space agency is unable to land the probe on the Moon due to communication problems.

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 Japan s space agency said Tuesday it has given up on a plan to land its Omotenashi space probe on the surface of the moon The news comes after the ultra small unmanned lander was unable to maintain stable communications with controllers on Earth and as a result was unable to correct its trajectory after launch last week sources close to the matter said They explained that the problem became known after the probe billed as one of the world s smallest lunar landers lifted off last week on NASA s Space Launch System rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Unstable communication between the probe and its controllers affected the probe s trajectory as its solar arrays were kept away from the sun the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA explained JAXA officials attempted to correct the craft s trajectory before it passed the Moon and slow it down in an unsuccessful attempt to land the 12 6 kilogram box shaped lander on the Moon s surface around 11 55 p m the agency said Plans for Japan to land its first probe on the moon s surface were later scrapped around 2 a m local time Tuesday JAXA officials said the decision being based on no improvement in communications with Omotenashi If the moon landing had gone ahead as planned Japan would have been the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon after the former Soviet Union the United States and China According to JAXA Omotenashi will continue to be used in the future for other missions already underway including measuring radiation exposure levels in space among others but only if the probe s communication problems can be corrected Xinhua
Japan’s space agency is unable to land the probe on the Moon due to communication problems.

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Japan‘s space agency said Tuesday it has given up on a plan to land its Omotenashi space probe on the surface of the moon.

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The news comes after the ultra-small unmanned lander was unable to maintain stable communications with controllers on Earth and as a result was unable to correct its trajectory after launch last week, sources close to the matter said.

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They explained that the problem became known after the probe, billed as one of the world’s smallest lunar landers, lifted off last week on NASA‘s Space Launch System rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Unstable communication between the probe and its controllers affected the probe’s trajectory, as its solar arrays were kept away from the sun, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) explained.

JAXA officials attempted to correct the craft’s trajectory before it passed the Moon and slow it down in an unsuccessful attempt to land the 12.6-kilogram box-shaped lander on the Moon’s surface around 11:55 p.m. the agency said.

Plans for Japan to land its first probe on the moon’s surface were later scrapped around 2 a.m. local time Tuesday, JAXA officials said, the decision being based on no improvement in communications with Omotenashi.

If the moon landing had gone ahead as planned, Japan would have been the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon, after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China.

According to JAXA, Omotenashi will continue to be used in the future for other missions already underway, including measuring radiation exposure levels in space, among others, but only if the probe’s communication problems can be corrected. . ■

(Xinhua)

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