SpaceX Halts Launch of Japanese Moon Lander Again

For the second straight day, SpaceX has scrubbed the launch of a Japanese lunar lander that would have been the first privately developed spacecraft to land on the moon.

The Falcon 9 rocket was initially scheduled to lift off on Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the Hakuto-R lander, which was built by Tokyo company ispace. Also on board was the Lunar Flashlight, a suitcase-sized satellite managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

SpaceX, whose CEO is Elon Musk, tweeted Tuesday night it was moving the launch to Thursday morning “to allow for additional preflight checkouts.”

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