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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced that the mini-unmanned spacecraft Omotenashi, which was launched into orbit with a US rocket, failed to land on the Moon.
In recent years, the race to reach the Moon has started to heat up. While NASA plans to do manned Moon missions in the future, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) aimed to land an unmanned vehicle on the Moon.
JAXA announced that the mini-unmanned spacecraft Omotenashi, which was launched into orbit with a US rocket last week, failed in its mission to land on the Moon.
Solar system malfunctioned
It has been reported that the mini spacecraft, carried by the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launched to carry the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Orion Spacecraft into orbit, could not charge itself due to a malfunction in its system allows it to obtain solar energy.
As of last night, it was stated that JAXA, which could not make any improvement in the system failure, suspended the task for this reason, and it was learned that Omotenashi is planned to be used in new tasks in the future.
If Omotenashi successfully completed its mission, Japan was expected to become the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the Moon’s surface, after the former Soviet Union, the United States, and China.