Japan sends its first mission to moon!
A Tokyo based private company has sent a spacecraft for a moon mission. If the mission gets successful, it will be the first moon landing by Japanese spacecraft.
The spacecraft was designed and built by a Japanese startup. Moreover, it took off on Sunday.
Spacecraft was launched in Cape Canaveral in the Florida US. Furthermore,the spacecraft was built with components being imported from Canada, UAE, and NASA.
This mission is called Hakuto-R mission which means “white rabbit” in Japanese.The landing of the Hakuto mission is set to coincide with the Japanese year of the rabbit. According to folklore, a white rabbit is also believed to live on the moon.
The spacecraft is expected to land on the moon in April 2023.
However, it is for the first time any private company has sent a mission to moon. Also, it is Japan’s first ever mission to moon.
The private company ispace CEO said: “”Our first mission will lay the groundwork for unleashing the moon’s potential and transforming it into a robust and vibrant economic system.”
The US, Russia and China are the only countries to ever have achieved so-called “soft landings” on the moon with the US the only country to land humans on the moon. Therefore, all good wishes and prayers as Japan sends its first mission to moon