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A screen shows news footage of China's Chang'e-6 lunar probe collecting a sample from the far side of the moon, in Beijing on Tuesday.
Jun 5, 2024
China’s moon mission leaves patriotic graffiti on surface
The lunar surface was left with a mark that resembled the Chinese-language name for China.
China's Chang'e 6 lunar probe on the launch pad at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Hainan province on May 3
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jun 2, 2024
China lands on moon's far side in historic sample-retrieval mission
The mission "involves many engineering innovations, high risks and great difficulty," China's space agency said in a statement on its website.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa
Jun 1, 2024
Japanese billionaire Maezawa cancels moon flyby mission
The team had originally aimed to make the circumlunar flight with celebrities on board by the end of last year.
SLIM's photo of 10 lunar rocks. Photos taken by SLIM have already contributed to understanding about the moon’s surface.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 29, 2024
Japan’s moon lander stops responding in the dark
The Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon, also known as SLIM, did not respond to a signal sent to it by Japan's space agency on Monday evening.
A Long March 5 rocket, carrying the Chang'e-6 mission lunar probe, lifts off as it rains at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province on Friday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
May 4, 2024
China launches first probe to collect samples from far side of moon
Hundreds of onlookers gathered nearby to witness the latest leap for China's decadeslong space program.
The Chang'e 6 lunar probe and the Long March-5 Y8 carrier rocket combination at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Hainan province, China, on Saturday
Apr 29, 2024
China set to launch high-stakes mission to moon's 'hidden' side
China is preparing to send a robotic spacecraft on a round trip to the dark side of the moon as they work to land astronauts there by 2030.
An image of the lunar surface taken Tuesday by Japan's moon lander, which has survived three lunar nights
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 25, 2024
Japan's moon lander survives third lunar night
SLIM successfully reestablished communication and was continuing to take snapshots and probe the lunar surface, JAXA said.
Two astronauts from Japan are set to take part in the Artemis program, a NASA-led effort to return astronauts to the moon.
Apr 10, 2024
Japanese astronaut to be first non-American to set foot on moon
The offer to Japan came as part of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's state visit, and as Washington seeks to strengthen ties with a key ally.
A black-and-white photo of the rocky surface of a crater transmitted by Japan's unmanned moon lander
Mar 28, 2024
Japan moon probe survives second lunar night, JAXA says
The moon lander touched down in January at a wonky angle that left its solar panels facing the wrong way.
An image of Japan's lunar lander and the moon's surface captured by SORA-Q, which was successfully released before the craft's touchdown on Jan. 25.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 2, 2024
Japan SLIM moon lander put to sleep after surviving lunar night
Another operation attempt of the SLIM spacecraft is scheduled for later this month, the country's space agency said.
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus spacecraft passes over the near side of the Moon following lunar orbit insertion on Feb. 21.
WORLD / Society
Feb 27, 2024
Sideways touchdown to cut mission short for moon lander Odysseus
New details have emerged about testing shortcuts and human error that led to an in-flight failure of the spacecraft's laser-guided range finders.
The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), is seen in this handout image taken by LEV-2 on the moon, released on Jan. 25.
Feb 26, 2024
Japan's SLIM moon probe unexpectedly survives lunar night
The lander touched down on the lunar surface last month, making Japan the fifth country to put a probe on the moon.
Intuitive Machines CEO Steve Altemus holds a model of the Odysseus lunar lander to show its position on the side, during a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 24, 2024
Moon lander tipped sideways on lunar surface but 'alive and well'
The moon lander dubbed Odysseus is is resting on its side a day after its touchdown as the first private spacecraft ever to reach the lunar surface.
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus spacecraft passes over the near side of the moon following lunar orbit insertion on Wednesday.
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Feb 23, 2024
Why it took the U.S. 51 years to get back on the moon
Intuitive Machines has landed a robotic spacecraft on the moon, becoming the first private firm to place a vehicle intact on the lunar surface.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launchpad SLC-40 at the Kennedy Space Center on NASA's PACE mission in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 8.
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Feb 13, 2024
Apollo to Artemis: Why America is betting big on private space
While it has seen some successes, the move could put the U.S. at risk of falling behind its principal space rival, China, in achieving major milestones.
The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) is seen on the surface of the moon in an image released Jan. 25.
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 2, 2024
Japan’s historic moon landing was right on target
Japan made history last month when it became the fifth nation to soft land on the moon.
The last scene of the moon taken by the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon with its navigation camera before dusk. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency released the image on Thursday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 1, 2024
Lunar night puts Japanese lander back to sleep
SLIM, dubbed the "Moon Sniper" for its precision landing technology, touched down within its target landing zone on Jan. 20.
A photo taken by SLIM's camera, released by JAXA on Monday, shows the moon's surface
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 29, 2024
Japan’s lunar probe regains power more than a week after landing
JAXA said Monday that the agency was able to reestablish communications with the SLIM probe on Sunday evening.
An images taken by a NASA satellite shows Japan's Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on the lunar surface after it succeeded in making a pinpoint landing.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 27, 2024
NASA unveils images of Japan's SLIM moon probe after landing success
The images, taken at an altitude of about 80 kilometers, show a slight change in reflectance around the lander due to engine exhaust sweeping the surface.
The precision landing made by the SLIM project is essential to establishing a manned base on the moon, which will depend on targeted supply missions.
Jan 26, 2024
Successful moon landing prepares Japan for the future
Japan is now the fifth country to successfully land a probe on the moon, following the U.S., Russia, China and India.


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