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SpaceX has used its Falcon 9 rocket to send a privately funded mission toward the moon's surface. After a series of delays, HAKUTO-R Mission 1 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 2:38 AM EST (07:38 UTC) on 11 December.
The craft developed by Tokyo-based ispace Inc. lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The craft will head to the moon in a trip spanning four and a half months. The Hakuto-R space mission calls for the lander to journey approximately 1.5 million kilometers over the course of a month or so before heading to the moon to touch down in a region called Mare Frigoris, or Sea of Cold. The craft is carrying a lunar surface exploration robot jointly developed primarily by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and toymaker Tomy Co., a lunar rover from the United Arab Emirates and five other payloads.
Lunar lander lifts off in first private-sector moon program | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis
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SpaceX has used its Falcon 9 rocket to send a privately funded mission toward the…