Monday’s intended launch of the lunar lander rocket was postponed by Japan because inclement weather continued to interfere with the operation.
A sophisticated imaging satellite and a light lander expected to reach the moon as early as January were initially slated to launch on Saturday morning on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) most dependable heavy payload rocket, H2-A. Due to weather concerns, the launch time was initially postponed to Sunday and subsequently to Monday.
Japan will be the final country to launch a mission to the moon after an Indian spacecraft, Chandrayaan-3, safely landed near the moon’s south pole and a Russian spacecraft crashed into the moon’s surface last week.
Japan is attempting to flip the tide in favor of its damaged space program after a disastrous year marked by expensive setbacks as it slides further behind Elon Musk’s SpaceX.