Tokyo’s ispace company is about to make history as the first private business to land on the moon. On Tuesday, flight controllers will direct their spacecraft, which has been orbiting around the moon for a month now, to descend and touch down on its surface. The 7-foot lander carries a mini lunar rover from the United Arab Emirates and a toylike robot from Japan designed to explore the moon dust.
The journey of this ambitious mission began with its launch in December 2020 when it set off towards our closest celestial neighbor taking an indirect route while sending back photos of Earth along its way. If all goes according to plan, Tokyo’s ispace company will be able to write itself into history books as a pioneer that opened up new frontiers for space exploration by private businesses across the world.