The Runar Rander is Rost ! Apr 28, 2023 6:45:26 GMT
Post by 𝐒𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐭 on Apr 28, 2023 6:45:26 GMT
The Hakuto-R lander was measured at 2.3 metres (7.5 ft) tall by 2.6 metres (8.5 ft) wide, with a total weight of approximately 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) with its payload and fuel. To perform a stable landing, the lander has four landing legs and a main thruster.
All kidding aside, I watched the live TV feed of the Japanese Moon Lander, Hakuto-R Mission 1 fail to land on the Moon on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
I saw some of the breathtaking photography of the Earth-rise from the Moon and of the Lunar surface on a video loop taken from the probe earlier in Lunar orbit, and then heard the announcement that the lander had peered from behind the Far Side of the Moon and would now attempt its landing.
They said not to be alarmed if the radar telemetry was lost as the lander approached its target. They would reestablish communications as soon as possible with the probe after the landing.
All went well until at an altitude of less than 300 meters the telemetry was lost with the unmanned craft at 16:40 UTC as we watched a real-time animated version of what a successful landing might have looked like.
I am not sure why they expected to lose communications with the lander just before the touchdown, but after a few tense minutes of very poker-faced technicians silently peering into rows of computer monitors, it was announced that the lander was presumed to be
Yeah, unfortunately the Lander had obviously crashed. This is really too bad.
So far only three nations have successfully landed robot craft onto the Moon, the United States, the Soviet Union, and more recently Red China. Israel has already crashed a lander on the Moon a few years ago.
Launched on January 2, 1959, the Soviet Luna 1 probe was the first manmade object to achieve Escape Velocity; it got within 6 million kilometers of the Moon and then went into Solar orbit, where it remains today.
In September of 1959, the Soviet Luna 2, humorously dubbed the "Lunik" in the Western press, successfully crashed onto the Moon as the Sputnik successfully orbited the Earth almost two years earlier. American space probes had still not come within 37 million kilometers of the Moon.
On October 7, 1959, the Soviet Luna 3 photographed the Far Side of the Moon for the very first time.
On April 26, 1962, NASA's Ranger 4 lost power and the United States successfully crashed it onto the Far Side of the Moon, the first time that this had been done. Human eyes did not see the Far Side of the Moon until the December 24, 1968 Moon flyby visit of Apollo 8.
On June 2, 1966 at 06:17:36 UTC, NASA's Surveyor 1 successfully landed on Oceanus Procellarum (the Ocean of Storms) and sent data and photographs until it ran out of power on July 13th.
Surveyor 3 landed successfully on the Ocean of Storms at 00:04 UTC on 20 April 1967 and operated until 3 May. Surveyor 3 was later visited by the Apollo 12 Moon Landing crew, Pete Conrad and Alan Bean, who had landed only 600 feet away, and they removed its television camera to bring back to Earth as a souvenir.
Over fifty years after the manned and unmanned Moon missions, and with an impressive explosion of aerospace and electronics technology since, getting to the Moon remains quite challenging to say the least.
Hakuto-R Mission 2, a Lunar Lander and Lunar Rover, is scheduled for launch in 2024, and Mission 3 in 2025. Good Luck!