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Japan joins elite club by landing on the moon. What are others doing?

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I'm surprised you did not include the collaboration between India and Japan in space research. The lunar lander being used by JAXA is Indian for example.

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A major part of the mission was landing in a more precise spot. If that was achieved it will be a success for that part of the mission. If the landers worked that will be another. People who arbitrarily judge the work of others as pass/fail with no partial success are not worth listening to.

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Any efforts or sucesses in a lunar landing by a country that isn't going to claim the moon as it's own, because it has been mentioned in their literature for thousands of years, is a welcome event.

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Headline should be: Transformers land on the Moon! :-D

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sakurasukiToday  06:02 pm JST

Japan joins elite club by landing on the moon. What are others doing?

Other already doing something new, running James Webb telescope while Japan just recreating wheel what others already done.

US landing with humans 1969

China landing no humans 2013

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yes just a few decades after USSR...congrats.next in line DPRK...

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The milestone puts Japan in a club previously occupied by only the United States, the Soviet Union, India and China.

They seem to have the order mixed up again.

Just to factually clarify, the USSR was the first to land an object on the moon with the LUNA program - on 3 February 1966, Luna 9 became the first spacecraft to achieve a survivable landing on the moon.

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lol - survivable by what? Machine? Who cares? Nothing they’ve done recently has improved on it.

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The lander is upside down, and if the solar panels did not deploy, than probably dead by now. Need another mission and get the landing right.

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2024/01/japan-moon-lander-is-upside-down.html

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The other four countries are all nuclear powers. Japan’s joining of the exclusive space club may mark the beginning of an era of non-military, truly scientific space programs.

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The china-nese efforts are negligible .

Since they were built on stolen technology.

My hats off to the Americans and the Russians for doing all the REAL work from 1950s -1970s in pioneering space flight.

A moment of silence for all the brave test-pilots and astronauts/cosmonauts who passed away on this brave quest. Not forgetting the brave animals who were also used as test subjects.

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Great Job Jaxa.

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The lander is upside down, and if the solar panels did not deploy, than probably dead by now. Need another mission and get the landing right.

 

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2024/01/japan-moon-lander-is-upside-down.html

 

But the Two rovers have deployed

 

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2024/01/japan-moon-lander-is-upside-down.html

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So the suitcase fell over the wrong way and buried its solar panels…

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But the Two rovers have deployed..

Well upside down is not a successful landing... and should be called out... now how will they do this...

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Perhaps they can correct the position if they have small thrusters to lift it and be able to command it to turn in the correct x-y or Z axis. It depends on the design and if it has that capability.

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Congratulations to the team of Japanese engineers who just put this spacecraft on the moon.

My country had human beings walking around on the moon's surface before the vast majority of those Japanese engineers were even born.

Just sayin'

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Nothing to gain by landing on the moon this late!!! It’s just a waste of taxpayers money by the Government! The money could have been spent better in other sectors to help its own citizens!

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Unasked research like those moon landings and celebrating such useless wasting of money in times of global or local disasters, war conflicts, economic problems, hyper inflation etc reduces immediately the quite high involved engineering intelligence back to zero. Dear scientists, just a little reminder, we have all problems only here and none on the Moon and its surface. Better quickly put all your efforts and money funds on the problem catalogs here on Earth.

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Japan does not spend as much money on space development as other countries, so we should increase our spending even more without getting caught up in the short term.

JAXA tried something new with this moon landing mission, and although it didn't go well, it will serve as a reference for future improvements.

I hope the next moon landing goes well.

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SLIM Moon Landing Press Conference

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvXLt3ET9mE"

Why not listen to what the REAL EXPERTS have to say about this?

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My hats off to the Americans and the Russians for doing all the REAL work from 1950s -1970s in pioneering space flight.My hats off to the Americans and the Russians for doing all the REAL work from 1950s -1970s in pioneering space flight.

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This article doesn't give the full story. Upon landing it lost power. At this point it is useless up there.

It's like Mt. Everest. It's great to get to the top but that is really only half way. You still have to get back down.

It's one thing to land on the moon but having total power failure once there isn't really a success.

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