SpaceX launches moon lander, rover and 'flashlight,' booster lands in Florida

SpaceX launched Japanese company ispace’s Hakuto-R lander with a range of payloads including "Rashid," a 22-pound (10 kilograms) rover developed by the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Dec. 11, 2022.

Another payload along for the Falcon 9 rocket ride is NASA’s "Lunar Flashlight" cubesat, which will hunt for water ice inside craters near the moon’s south pole.

The rocket’s first stage touched down at Landing Zone 2 in Florida a little over 8 minutes after liftoff.

Credit: SpaceX

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