SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket for commercial moon mission

Launched aimed at taking iSpace’s HAKUTO-R Mission 1 to moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket early Sunday, for a rescheduled launch of a commercial lunar mission from a Japanese space company.

The launch aims to take iSpace’s HAKUTO-R Mission 1 to a lunar transfer orbit. iSpace is a company that looks to make space infrastructure more “sustainable and efficient.” If successful, it would be the first commercial lunar landing.

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The launch was originally slated for Nov. 30 but that launch was scrubbed.

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