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Japan launches H2A rocket carrying lunar lander

TOKYO, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — Japan launched an H2A rocket on Thursday carrying a lunar lander that may try and make the nation’s first lunar touchdown, after three postponements in per week final month because of unhealthy climate.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) stated the rocket lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center within the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima at 8:42 a.m. native time.

On board the rocket is JAXA’s Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, whose duties embrace demonstrating correct touchdown methods and inspecting moon rocks.

The SLIM’s lunar touchdown is scheduled for early subsequent yr. If the mission is profitable, Japan will grow to be the fifth nation on the planet to land a probe on the moon.

The domestically made rocket additionally carries the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission, or XRISM, to watch plasma in stars and galaxies.

This is the primary launch of a Japanese massive rocket for the reason that debut launch of the next-generation H3 rocket failed in March.