A private Japanese lander crashed on the moon after it got stuck in a hole

Japan’s private lunar lander Hakuto-R crashed in late April while attempting a salient landing because the altitude sensor on its roof was jammed by the rim of a lunar crater.

Representatives for the Tokyo-based company iSpace, which built the spacecraft, revealed that an unexpected terrain feature caused the spacecraft’s on-board computer to decide its altimeter was wrong and instead rely on a calculation based on the projected altitude at that time. phase of the task. As a result, the computer was convinced that the probe was lower than it actually was, and triggered it collision On April 25th.

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