The Japanese SLIM lunar lander carries this ball droid (not BB-8)

Japan’s recent launch of the SLIM lunar lander included a miniature lunar explorer inspired by a children’s toy.

Lunar Excursion Vehicle 2 (LEV-2) is a small metal ball, not much larger than a tennis ball. Once the moonIt will explode from the SLIM lander, turning both halves to traverse the soft regolith of the moon’s surface.

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