Communication with the lunar selenization probe (called Hakuto-R) was lost before it landed on the moon.
Engineers are investigating to see what happened to the selenization probe.
Tokyo-based iSpace had hoped to launch a rover that would explore the lunar surface, as NASA has done in recent decades.
But the rover was a tennis ball-sized robot developed by a toy manufacturer.
The probe was launched by a SpaceX rocket in December and took five months to reach its destination.
It only took a few days to reach lunar orbit, but it took Hakuto-R five months. That’s because it had a weaker propulsion system, meant to save fuel and reduce costs.
“It is not confirmed that the probe has communicated with us that it has landed,” iSpace CEO Takeshi Hakamada said about 25 minutes after the planned landing.
“We have to assume we couldn’t complete the selenization”added the chief executive, quoted by the BBC.
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