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Japan sets launch date for country’s first lunar spacecraft

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Japan plans to launch its H-IIA rocket on September 7. The rocket carrying Japan’s first lunar lander is scheduled to take off at 8:42 a.m. local time. If the launch does not take place on Thursday, experts will have a few more days, with the launch window open until September 15.

Experts are monitoring weather conditions, as the launch has already been postponed several times due to bad weather.


The vehicle is 2.4 meters tall and weighs 200 kilograms. It is equipped with a camera that is designed to measure the chemical composition of the lunar surface. According to experts, it will attempt a precision landing with an error of less than 100 meters.

The launch was originally planned for May, but Japan had to reschedule due to the unsuccessful launch of a new H3 rocket. If everything goes as planned, Japan will become the fifth country to land on the Moon after the USSR, the US, China, and India.

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