- If given the opportunity, would you like to go to the moon? Why or why not?
- Do you think humans are soon to reach the level of technology necessary to make living on the moon possible?
- surface /SUR-fis/
- acquire /uh-KWAHYUHR/
- commercial /kuh-MUR-shuhl/
- presence /PREZ-uhns/
- extract /ik-STRAKT/
[noun] – the outer or top part or layer of something
The scientist used a microscope to study the surface of the cell and its intricate structures.
[verb] – to get or obtain something
The language learner was able to acquire fluency through immersion in a foreign culture.
[adjective] – A commercial product can be bought by or is intended to be bought by the general public
The city council approved the construction of a new commercial building in the downtown area.
[noun] – the fact that someone or something is in a place
The security guard’s presence at the entrance made visitors feel safe and secure.
[verb] – to remove or take out something
The chef used a special tool to extract the juice from the oranges for the recipe.
The Japanese mission was the first attempt by iSpace to test a series of commercial landers. The company’s vision is to provide commercial services for a continuous human presence on the moon, including sending equipment for extracting lunar resources and producing rocket fuel. According to the firm Rocket Engineering, a successful landing would have represented a “step change” in commercial involvement in space exploration. The United States, Russia, and China are the only countries that have managed to put a robot on the lunar surface, all through government-funded programs. In 2019, Israel’s Beresheet mission made the first private company attempt to land on the moon, but the spacecraft was lost during the landing process.
- What was iSpace’s objective?
- Did the mission conclude successfully?
- What was lost before the lander was due to touch down?
- What was the weight and height of the iSpace lander?
- Which countries have managed to put a robot on the lunar surface through government-funded programs?
- Do you think space missions are significant? Why or why not?
- Do you think the moon lander’s failure will affect future space explorations? Why or why not?
- Do you think iSpace has achieved its objectives?
- Why do you think iSpace’s mission to land on the moon is important for the future of space exploration?
- How could the data and experience acquired by iSpace’s mission be useful in future lunar missions?