iSpace: Japanese Moon lander likely to have crashed


Communication was lost with Japan’s Hakuto-R lunar moments before it was due to touch down. …

The lander was just over 2m tall and weighed 340kg, relatively small and compact by lunar spacecraft standards. It had been due for an hour-long landing manoeuvre from its orbit, around 100km above the surface, where it was moving at nearly 6,000km/hour.


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