Moments before the planned time for the moon landing, they lose contact with the lunar probe.

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A private Japanese spacecraft fails to land on the moon, and Japan’s Ispace Corporation announces that its Hakuto-R rover may have crashed.

According to the information, Ispace lost contact with its commercial lunar probe moments before the planned moon landing was scheduled to take place. In its statement, it was written that there was a high probability that Hakuto-R had a hard landing on the moon.

Taxi Hakamada, founder and CEO of Ispace, said that although they have now failed to land on the moon, they believe they have completely accomplished the job as they have gained a lot of data and experience by being able to perform the landing stage.

Hakuto-R, which is 2.3 meters high and 2.6 meters wide with extended landing pads, was launched last December from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the Falcon-9 launch vehicle of the US space company SpaceX. Its payload included a small lunar rover from the United Arab Emirates and a smaller two-wheeled robot from Japanese space agency Jaxa and Japanese toy manufacturer Tomy.

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