the cubesat that intended to land on the moon fails in its attempt

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The inaugural mission of the Artemis program is proving to be a success. However, the same cannot be said of all the missions that started on November 16 aboard the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The Japanese moon mission, Omotenashi, he failed in his attempt to land on our satellite.


10 side missions.
In The secondary stage of the gigantic SLS rocket, it not only had the objective of putting the Orion capsule on its way to the Moon, but it also carried a ring that in turn carried with it the ten side missions who accompanied Artemis I at the beginning of his journey.

The missions looked like 10 cubesatsspace probes little larger than a shoebox, attached to the interior of the ring that covered the intertwining of the Orion with the secondary stage of the SLS, the ICPS (Interim Chryogenic Propulsion Stage).

The cubesats had various missions and destinationsfrom heliocentric orbits to asteroids, passing through geocentric orbits and the smallest lunar lander ever created: Omotenashi.

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A first mistake.
Omotenashi seems devoted to failure, if not total, at least in her primary goal of landing on the Moon. A communication failure between the control center and the probe, caused in turn by lack of energy collected by the probe panels, would be guilty of the failure of the moon landing according to the Japanese space agency (JAXA).

The probe is not 100% lost. JAXA believes that it will be able to take advantage of its route, which will take Omotenashi to fly over the Moon and then close to Earth before rocketing off to an uncertain destination. The solar panels will be able to collect some more solar energy later in this journey and their instruments could be used to measure radiation in interplanetary space.

Uneven luck.
Omotenashi seems to have been the most unsuccessful mission of this consignment, in which six missions appear on track to achieve their objectives and another three are still in an uncertain state. One of these missions is Team Miles, whose objective is to test some technologies such as plasma drives.

Among those that present doubts are, for example, NEA Scout, a mission that aims to test a solar sail propulsion mechanism as an inexpensive way to approach near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) and analyze them up close.

In addition to these missions in suspense, the LunIR mission, which intends to fly over the Moon to analyze its surface from a distance, seems to be going ahead although the signal received from it is somewhat weak.

Success for the majority.
the rest of the missions They seem headed for success.. Among them are missions such as BioSentinel or CuSP (CubeSat for Solar Particles), missions that also want to check different aspects of radiation in interplanetary space.

Some of these missions they are also related to the Moon, as is the case with ArgoMoon, a kind of head photographer for Artemis and its Orion components and the ICPS stage. LunaH-Map (Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper) and Lunar IceCube, which will search for water, ice and organic compounds on our satellite.

Finally, the EQUAULEUS mission (EQUilibriUm Lunar-Earth point 6U Spacecraft) has the objective of measuring how plasma is distributed in the environment of our own planet. This mission has the contribution of JAXA, so the Japanese agency can still save one of its missions.

Image | JAXA/University of Tokyo

The inaugural mission of the Artemis program is proving to be a success. However, the same cannot be said of…

The inaugural mission of the Artemis program is proving to be a success. However, the same cannot be said of…

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