Japan’s Slim Lander Successfully Lands on the Moon despite Solar Cell Issues: A Win for the Japanese Space Agency

Japan Space Agency solving lunar power generation issue

Japan’s space agency, Jaxa, is both “relieved and excited” about the data collected by the lander during its recent Moon landing. Despite some issues with the solar cells, Jaxa believes they can still be fixed. The lander, named Slim, successfully landed on the Moon but had to operate on battery power due to problems with the solar cells.

Jaxa had to shut down the lander shortly after landing to allow for recovery. The space agency is currently examining the technical and image data collected during the landing to ensure everything went according to plan. They are also working to determine if the lander landed within 100 meters of the intended location near a crater on the Moon’s surface.

Slim, also known as the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, was launched in September with the goal of landing precisely 100 meters from its target. Landing on the Moon is a challenging feat, and Japan can be proud of their successful landing. Only a few countries, including India, China, Russia, the United States, and its predecessor the Soviet Union, have successfully landed on the Moon.

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in lunar exploration from both public space agencies and private companies. The success of Slim’s landing is a significant achievement in this ongoing exploration of the Moon.

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