“Software Snafu and Moon-crater Change Up Ends in Lunar Faceplant for Private Japanese Lander 🚀🌕😬”
Oh snap! A Japanese private lunar lander, manned by company ispace, ended up face-planting into the moon due to a combo of software glitches and a last-minute crater landing switch. These guys aimed high, but their spaceship did a nose-dive, landing at a speed that would make even a freefalling skydiver envious. They’re not done though, setting sights on 2024 for another leap for Lunar landings. 🚀💥🌑
In an epic saga of lunar landings, software slip-ups, and last-minute touchdown tomfoolery, our valiant space-bound heroes at ispace found themselves starring in an interstellar blooper reel. Their spacecraft, set for moon glory, took a hard detour into the lunar surface, causing a good deal of scratch-your-head moments and spilled coffee in mission control. ☕💻🌑
Question time, folks! 🕵️♂️ What caused this cosmic kerfuffle? Well, the lander, affectionately dubbed ‘Hakuto’ (that’s ‘white rabbit’ for those of us not fluent in Japanese), was set to touchdown in a nice, flat plain. But, it seems someone at the last minute said, “Nah, let’s make things interesting, switch it to that crater over there!” And our white rabbit? Well, it ended up tumbling down the rabbit hole, and into the moon, quite literally.
No one likes to see a 7-foot (2-meter) spacecraft going in for an unplanned free-fall, right? 😨 Especially from less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) up and at a speed of more than 300 feet (100 meters) per second. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, being the nice neighbour it is, even snapped some pics of the crash site the following day. Talk about a space paparazzi! 📸🌕
Here’s where things get a bit 🤔. The software didn’t know about this last-minute landing spot switcheroo, meaning computer simulations ahead of the landing were left out of the loop. Imagine trying to navigate to a new coffee shop, but your GPS is dead set on taking you to your usual haunt. Not so smooth, right?
The ever-optimistic CEO and founder, Takeshi Hakamada, says they’re still gunning for the moon, with the next landing pencilled in for 2024. We’ve got to admire the perseverance, they’re taking this whole “fail fast, fail often” mantra to the next level! If they can pull it off, they’ll join the lunar VIP club currently only holding Russia, the United States, and China. Israel’s nonprofit also made an attempt in 2019, but it seems the moon might be a tad more elusive than we thought.
But, hey, what’s a lunar landing without a bit of insurance? Hakuto was insured, so it seems this is more of a space-sized hiccup rather than a full-blown disaster. The unfortunate hitchhiker on this lunar fiasco? A mini lunar rover from the United Arab Emirates which was lost in the crash.
There’s no lack of drama in the quest to conquer the lunar surface, folks. With two U.S. companies eyeing lunar landers for launch later this year, one thing’s for sure: The moon ain’t seen nothing yet! 🌕🚀
Remember, this ain’t investment advice, just a tale of tech