Japan Launches Rocket Carrying a Lunar Landing Vehicle


Japan launched a rocket of the “H-2A” type carrying a lunar landing vehicle belonging to the national space agency on Thursday morning. This comes after unfavorable weather conditions led to the postponement of the launch process three times within one week last month.

The Japanese space exploration agency stated that the rocket was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in the southern part of the country as planned.

The rocket was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which also handled the launch.

The rocket carries a space vehicle belonging to the Japanese exploration agency named “Moon Sniper” due to its precise experimental landing technology. The vehicle is expected to land on the moon’s surface early next year.

Two weeks ago, India became the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon through its Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon’s south pole.

Japan had two previous failed attempts to land on the moon’s surface last year.

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