Australia has landed two of its own space probes on the moon, and now the country is in the middle of a debate about whether the landers, known as “Zion landers”, should be reclassified as landers.
Key points:Zion Landing is a joint project between Australia and Israel and is due to land on the lunar surface in 2018-19The Australian Federal Government said the lander is expected to fly by at least once during the lunar nightOne of the most intriguing aspects of this lunar lander project is that it has flown by on the same moon surface since the 1970s, and that the mission is expected by 2018-20.
The two Israeli landers were launched in March by a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on a flight from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
They were joined by an Italian satellite in September and a Chinese satellite in October.
But now the Australian Federal Parliament is debating whether to classify the landings as landings, a decision that could have major implications for the future of the project.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for Australia,” said Dr Peter Heydon, the Director of the Australian Space Research Centre (ASRC), which runs the ZL lander.
“We are one of the first countries to have been there, we have a long history of doing landings.”
But he warned that the decision would be “quite controversial” and that “a number of people will object”.
“I would expect some people will say we are being hypocritical, we are not doing it because we think it’s good for us,” he said.
Dr Heydons view of the space program is “quite complex”.
“A lot of the people who think that the moon is the ultimate destination are actually not interested in doing something for the sake of it, they think that we can land on Mars and we can send humans to the moon,” he told AM.
“They think it will be good for Australia.”
I don’t think it is for the rest of the world.
“The ZL spacecraft is about the size of a bus, and has two instruments on board, which are able to send back images of the moon and Earth.”
In the next year or two, they’ll start to send data back to Earth, so they’re sending information back to the Earth to look at the moon.”ZL has been designed to fly at speeds of up to 30 kilometres per second and is expected for launch on the fourth of this year.
It will be launched by a Soyuz booster, and land in a water-cooled chamber to be used to cool down for its two months of operation.”
The lander will be in the water for a very long time, so we are very careful not to have it explode,” said ASRC director Dr John McConaghy.”
When the land-er’s water evaporates, the heat is released into space.
“Dr McConachy said the space agency had a “good relationship” with Israel, and he said it was not unusual for a foreign country to help build a space station, or for a space agency to launch a robotic spacecraft.”
Israel has some very good engineers who have worked on this project, and I think we would expect them to come back and work on this again,” he added.”
So I think that they would have a lot of confidence that the technology will work well on this.
“The project has been approved by the Australian Government and the Israel Aerospace Industries Corporation (IAIC), which is building the landER.”
Zion landing is an exciting step forward in our relationship with Israel and we are looking forward to continuing this relationship,” said IAI chief executive officer Shaul Golan.”
There is a strong link between the two countries and I believe the two nations will benefit from this collaboration in space technology.
“The landER is also set to launch by a French satellite in 2019, and is scheduled to carry two crew members.”
This is the first step in bringing a spaceplane to the Moon and I am confident we can deliver that in 2021,” said Israel Space Agency director Prof Michael Eliyahu.”
As we approach the lunar landing we have to make sure we don’t get too close to the land, but we have the capability to fly it on the surface of the Moon.
“Dr Heynolds view is more complex, as he believes that the landERS would not be used for any other purpose, such as space tourism.”
If you think about it, if you are an astronaut you don’t want to go on the Moon, you don´t want to get into the water and be in contact with the water, and you donít want that experience,” he explained.”
But you can fly a small rocket and you can land a rocket on the water.
“You have the ability to have those things in a spacecraft, and we have