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Japan's Equilibrium Lunar-Earth point 6U Spacecraft (EQUULEUS), one of 10 cubesat payloads aboard NASA's Orion spacecraft, has successfully sent back to Earth photos of the far side of the Moon. WE DID IT!! Successfully photographed the day-night terminator line on the far side of the Moon!!!#EQUULEUS #Artemis @NASAArtemis @ …

  1. Pete 2 Silver badge

    Batteries not included

    > The mission was designed to demonstrate the use of low-cost technology to land and explore the Moon's surface.

    > But alas, the Cubesat's radios were unresponsive after launch.

    A little too low cost?

    1. UCAP Silver badge

      Re: Batteries not included

      Probably vibration during launch knocked a connector out. CubeSats have been a major innovation for low-cost satellites, particularly since you build one using off-the-shelf components (there are many companies who manufacture CubeSat mission components). The down side is that the failure rate is just a bit higher than big satellite manufacturers would accept.

      1. Tom Womack

        Re: Batteries not included

        And Artemis was a particularly bad setup for cubesats, because they were installed in July 2021 and then there was no access to them, even for battery recharging, until the launch sixteen months later. 80% functionality rate for things stuck in a drawer for sixteen months is not bad ...

  2. Auntie Dix Bronze badge
    Meh

    Bad Bento Box

    "The mission was designed to demonstrate the use of low-cost technology to land and explore the Moon's surface."

    Turns out that the Hello, Kitty! automated sandwich press was a waste of weight, as no cheese was found on the far side, let alone Gary Larson.

    1. Joe W Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: Bad Bento Box

      Have a glass of... uhm... I guesse o-sake-san ---->

      for the "bad bento box". Made me spill my... tea. Yeah. I'm working, so it is tea. Honest, guv!

      (We're missing a bunch of icons for different types of alcohol)

    2. Lon24 Silver badge

      Re: Bad Bento Box

      Boeing can do you a nice lunar lander for only $200,000 (1940 prices). Just add pressurisation ;-)

      NSFW: Sunday Sport frontpage

      1. Def Silver badge
        WTF?

        Re: Bad Bento Box

        How is the front page of the Sunday Sport NSFW?

        1. Richard 12 Silver badge

          Re: Bad Bento Box

          It's the Sunday Sport

    3. Elongated Muskrat

      Re: Bad Bento Box

      Looks more like okonomiyaki to me.

      Or possibly a very large takoyaki. Do we need to watch out for space octopuses on the Moon? Science demands to know!

      1. WonkoTheSane
        Alien

        Re: Bad Bento Box

        Not octopi, spiders!

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_the_Moon

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hmm, risky move..

    No more Dark Side Of The Moon?

    Well, at least I have the record :).

    1. Sceptic Tank Silver badge

      Re: Hmm, risky move..

      The moon definitely has a dark side. I can usually see it from my garden.

  4. I should coco

    "Semi-hard"

    Fnaaar fnaaar!

  5. Lordrobot

    So in spite of the Japanese Tourist picture-taking fetish...

    It was a FAILURE...

    "The mission was designed to demonstrate the use of low-cost technology to land and explore the Moon's surface."

    Low cost aboard a $6 billion dollar rocket? Japan gets the steak knives...

    1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      Well, it's not like

      Ryanair uses hang gliders.

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