The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said that a team of Japanese space scientists managed to land the ‘Smart Lander for Investigating Moon’ (SLIM) craft called ‘Moon Sniper’ on the lunar surface at around 12.30 pm (local time) on Friday using ‘pinpoint technology’. It will land in the designated 100 meter radius for landing and study the surface atmosphere of the moon.
But the problems found in the solar power of the vessel have raised concerns that the project will be set back. The ship’s solar panels are unable to generate electricity. Perhaps they are at the wrong angle, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.
Since the project depends solely on its batteries, ‘slim’ data transmission to Earth is preferred. Despite ‘life-saving treatments’ such as turning off its heater, it runs out within hours, said Hitoshi Kuninaka, head of JAXA’s research center.
Instead of embarking on a risky endeavor, JAXA decided to maintain the status quo, confident that the sun’s rays would fall on the solar panel in a favorable direction for the shuttle to resume its operations.
India, America, China and Russia have already made history by landing their landers on the lunar surface. The spacecraft was launched from the Tangashima Space Center on September 6, 2023, Japan. It entered lunar orbit on December 25 last year.
Vikram Lander’s equipment contacted by NASA!
An instrument of the Chandrayaan-3 project’s Vikram lander, which landed on the South Pole of the Moon and created history, has come into contact with NASA. NASA identified it as a location marker, sparking hopes for further study. The Laser Retroreflector Array (LRA) was detected by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) using laser range measurement. The LRO recorded the signals sent by the LRA, a NASA release said.
The Pragyan rover, which came out of the Vikram lander, roamed around the moon for a few days and sent photos to ISRO’s control room. However, since the solar panels are not working due to the cold weather, they are now neutral. Some of the tools in it are still active.