Japan Sends Rocket with Lunar Lander and X-ray Telescope Into Space. Credit-Kyodo News

Japan Sends Rocket with Lunar Lander and X-ray Telescope into Space

X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) satellite will study the spaces between galaxies.


On a clear day from the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan sent a rocket soaring, marking an exciting step in their space journey. The live stream, provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), captured the moment as the HII-A rocket disappeared into the sky.

The XRISM Satellite’s Role

Just 13 minutes after the launch, the rocket placed the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) satellite into Earth’s orbit. This device aims to look into the spaces between galaxies, potentially offering clues about how the universe came to be. In partnership with NASA, JAXA plans to dive deep into studying the light, temperature, and shapes in space.

David Alexander from Rice University expressed optimism about the mission, highlighting its goal to study hot plasma – a primary ingredient in the universe. He noted, “Knowing more about hot plasma can help us learn about black holes and the origins of galaxies.”

Journey to the Moon: The Smart Lander

Also aboard the rocket is the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM). This compact lunar vehicle is set to orbit the moon for a few months before attempting a landing next year. After a smooth detachment from the rocket, the lander embarked on its course to the moon, earning cheers from JAXA’s observation center.


With an eye on precision, JAXA has been working on technology that allows for tighter landing accuracy. Instead of missing the intended landing spot by large distances, they’re hoping to narrow it down to just a few meters. This could help in finding safer landing spots in future missions.

Renewed Interest in the Moon

The world is once again looking to the moon with keen interest. Only a handful of countries, namely the U.S., Russia, China, and India, have managed to land on its surface successfully. Yet, the moon’s allure remains, pulling in new players and reigniting old ambitions.

Recent setbacks, including a failed rocket launch, haven’t dampened Japan’s spirits. They’re actively searching for the next generation of astronauts, hinting at their goal to send a Japanese national to the moon soon.


The moon has always been a source of wonder for many. Memories of NASA’s 1969 Apollo mission, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on lunar soil, are still fresh. And while manned moon missions have been sparse since the early ’70s, the intrigue the moon presents hasn’t faded.

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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