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


 , Updated 14:00, 25-Jan-2024

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Thursday claimed achieving an unprecedented "pinpoint" moon landing within 100 meters of the target after its probe's touchdown on Saturday made Japan the fifth country to put a spacecraft on the moon.

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, JAXA said.

Source(s): Reuters
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