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Japan launching an unmanned mission to the moon in 2019

Japan will be touching down on the Moon in 2019, with an unmanned mission planned
By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Nov 15, 2015 3:26 am

Japan wants to show off the latest in its lander technology, so the Japanese government's space agency has announced plans for an unmanned mission to the moon for 2019.

 

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Once it touches down on the moon, Japan will be the fourth country to have conducted an unmanned moon landing. Before them, China touched down in 2013, and before that we saw the US and Russia with missions to our moon. Japan's lunar lander will be developed with brand new technology that will allow it to land within 100m of its initial mark. Previous missions from competing countries have a much wider margin.

 

Japan will also use other technologies to improve the accuracy, with a facial recognition system that will observe the surface of the moon to help make its required adjustments. The development of the new lander will begin next year.

NEWS SOURCES:Engadget.com, Blogs.wsj.com

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