On the way to the moon. Japanese lander takes the first pictures of the Earth from space (photo)

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 On the way to the Moon: Japanese lander takes the first pictures of the Earth from space (photo)

In the photographs, the Earth looks somewhat unusual against the background of dark space.

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The first Japanese lander, which is now flying to the moon, was created by a private company from Tokyo called ispace. He went on a flight on December 11, and already on December 13 he sent his first images from deep space to Earth, writes Space.

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Focus already wrote that the first Japanese lunar spacecraft Hakuto-R was launched on Earth orbit by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on December 11th. Hakuto-R is Japan's first lander, due to land on the moon next April. On board this device is the first lunar rover, which was created in an Arab country, namely in the UAE.

The lander made contact on December 13 and sent back its first image from space, ispace said. In this picture you can see the Earth, although it looks like a crescent moon, but in fact it is our planet. A part of Hakuto-R can be seen in the lower right corner of the image. The report says that the camera mounted on the Japanese lander took its first images 19 hours after separation from the upper stage of the booster.

On the way to the Moon. Japanese lander took the first pictures of the Earth from space (photo)

On the way to the Moon. The Japanese lander took the first pictures Earth from space (photo)

If everything goes according to plan, then Hakuto-R will make the first landing on the lunar surface in the history of Japan, and thus this country will become the fourth in the world, whose apparatus landed on our satellite. After landing, the Rashid lunar rover will leave the lander and spend two weeks exploring the lunar surface.

But so far, ispace is not talking about what will happen after landing. Considering that this is the first test flight for the lander, the mission leaders are simply monitoring the implementation of each stage. The first phase was a successful spacewalk, then there was a communication check and a check of the camera's performance. The Japanese company says that they will constantly report on what is happening with the apparatus in space until it approaches the moon and until the landing itself. Of course, a successful landing will mark the beginning of a massive program in which ispace plans to frequently launch such vehicles to the Moon in the future to deliver payloads.

On the way to the Moon. Japanese lander took the first pictures of the Earth from space (photo)

On the way to the Moon. The Japanese lander took the first pictures Earth from space (photo)

The mission's team said that all data shows that the device is flying in the right direction, all instruments are working well, and its solar panels are receiving energy. Before ispace achieves its ambitious goals of using its lander as a transport to the Moon for payloads, there will be two more test flights – in 2024 and in 2025.

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