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Japan’s OMOTENASHI lunar lander fails to reach its target

November 23rd, 2022

Japan’s attempts to become the fourth country to reach the Moon have failed, according to a tweet shared this week. The country’s OMOTENASHI lander (short for Outstanding Moon exploration Technologies demonstrated by Nano Semi-Hard Impactor) set off from the Artemis I rocket but failed to make contact back home.

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There it is! NASA finally spotted crash site of India’s Moon lander

December 3rd, 2019

It’s been over two months since India’s mission to land on the Moon was cut short by a mysterious and unexplained failure of the Vikram lander spacecraft. The lander’s handlers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) lost contact with their machine shortly before it was expected to make a soft landing on the surface. …

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NASA needs your help to make its Moon mission a reality

October 1st, 2019

NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon are taking shape, and with a very short deadline of 2024 for a crewed trip to the lunar surface, it’s an all-hands-on-deck situation at the space agency. That sense of urgency extends to its contractors as well, and since NASA is relying on commercial partners to invent the …

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Can you spot India’s crashed Moon lander? Because NASA sure can’t

September 27th, 2019

Earlier this month India was poised to make history. The Indian Space Research Organization eagerly awaited the day when its Chandrayaan-2 mission would send the Vikram lander and its rover companion down to the Moon’s surface. When that moment finally came, something went terribly wrong, and the lander is presumed destroyed. In the days and …

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We now know why Israel’s lunar lander crashed into the Moon

April 12th, 2019

Yesterday, Israel’s first mission to the Moon ended in a rather abrupt and unsatisfying manner. SpaceIL’s Beresheet lunar lander, which was part of a privately-funded mission that would have made Israel the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon, faltered at the very last second. In the immediate aftermath of the lander’s crash it …