Lunar Lander Released By NASA’s Artemis 1 Mission Dies

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - AUGUST 28: The Artemis I rocket sits on launch pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for launch of an unmanned flight around the moon on August 28, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch is scheduled for Monday between 8:33am and 10:33am and would be the furthest into space any unmanned vehicle intended for humans has ever traveled before. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Tragic news from space! A Japan-made CubeSat called OMOTENASHI (Outstanding MOon exploration TEchnologies demonstrated by NAno Semi-Hard Impactor) has died after being released by NASA’s Artemis mission.
  • “Though we tried to recover OMOTENASHI and start the landing sequences today, the communication didn’t come back, and we gave up our [Ultra-High Frequency] operation on the landing phase,” read a Monday tweet from the OMOTENASHI Project. “Thank you for the excellent cooperation from everyone.”

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