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A Soyuz-2.1b rocket booster with a Fregat upper stage and the lunar landing spacecraft Luna-25 blasts off from a launchpad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on Aug. 11, 2023.

Roscosmos/Vostochny Space Centre/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Fly me to the moon – or maybe not

Russia’s first lunar mission in 47 years made contact of the wrong kind this weekend when its Luna-25 spaceship crash-landed on the surface of the moon. According to the Russian space program Roscosmos, the craft, also called the Luna-Glob-Lander, “switched to an off-design orbit” before it met its demise.

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A model of the Hakuto lunar lander on display in Tokyo.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Hard Numbers: White rabbit can’t land, Erdo targets Kurds, Spain needs drought aid, Sudan biolab seized

33: A Japanese startup on Wednesday lost contact with its spacecraft when it was just 33 feet away from touching down on the moon, bungling what would have been the first lunar landing by a private company. The lander was named Hakuto, which means "white rabbit" in Japanese.

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