Japan says SLIM spacecraft's 'pinpoint' moon landing successful

25 January 2024
2024-01-25 16:09

Japan achieved an unprecedented “pinpoint” moon landing within 100m of its target, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said today.

JAXA also said it received all data related to the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM)'s landing in the 2 hours and 37 minutes after the touchdown and before the probe lost power. SLIM's solar panels have been unable to generate electricity likely because they were angled wrong, but a change in the sunlight's direction could power it up again.

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