ispace: Japan Moon landing would be first by private firm


Only the United States, Russia and China have successfully landed a spacecraft on the Moon. …

One is the UAE’s Rashid Rover, which will analyse the lunar soil, its geology and atmosphere. The other is the Sora-Q mini-rover, a ball-shaped robot which will roll across the surface. It was made by the toy company TOMY, which created the Transformers. It measures 8cm in diameter and weighs about 250 grams.


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