Japanese craft achieves precise landing, according to space agency


Japan’s “Moon Sniper” craft, the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), achieved a precise landing only 55 metres from its target, exceeding the goal of touching down within 100 metres of the specific landing spot. The landing was more precise than usual, with the craft landing within a few kilometres of the target. Although celebrations were muted due to a problem with the craft’s solar batteries, the space agency JAXA remains hopeful for a possible recovery. The agency also released the first color images from the mission, showing the SLIM craft intact on the lunar surface. The mission aims to analyze rocks in a crater where the Moon’s mantle is believed to be exposed, in hopes of shedding light on the Moon’s possible water resources. The mission also successfully detached two probes, one with a transmitter and another designed to explore the lunar surface. Despite technical problems being common in lunar missions, Japan’s SLIM mission has made significant progress.


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