Japanese H-IIA scrubs launch of X-ray telescope and lunar lander

Published by NASASpaceflight on 08/27/2023 UTC

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA launch vehicle, as its career is being wound down in favor of the H3, is preparing to fly the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) robotic lunar lander and the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) X-ray telescope on its 47th flight. After this flight, the second of 2023 for the H-IIA, the H-IIA will have three flights left before retirement.

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