September 21, 2023

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NASA abandons small, turbulent Moon Ice mission for flash-light probe

NASA has abandoned a planned lunar mission for the small Lunar Flashlight cube, which aims to search for water ice in mysterious craters near the moon’s south pole.

The suitcase-sized Lunar Flashlight was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last December. It was a passenger payload on a mission whose main objective was to send the Japanese private robotic Hakuto-R ispace lander to the moon.