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Japan’s lunar spacecraft, known as the ‘Moon Sniper’, successfully landed on the moon but faced challenges in generating electricity through solar power. Here’s a summary of what happened.

The landing was considered a success after the spacecraft transmitted telemetry data, indicating that most of its equipment was functioning.

  • The data transmitted from the spacecraft to earth revealed that the spacecraft successfully descended and was functioning properly on the moon’s surface.

  • The spaceship was specifically created to land on an incline and then slightly tilt onto its primary legs. However, some space enthusiasts have proposed that the probe may have tipped over excessively.

  • According to Jaxa officials, two rovers were successfully released from the spacecraft before landing and will perform experiments on the moon.

  • The “moon sniper” Slim probe aimed to demonstrate how to achieve a highly accurate landing. It may take up to a month for officials to confirm the success of the precise landing.

  • Prior to now, only four countries – the ex-Soviet Union, the USA, China, and India – have successfully landed a spacecraft gently on the surface of the moon.

  • a precision descent.

    It may require a month or more, as predicted.

    The main objective of this mission was to successfully land a small spacecraft within 100 meters of a specific location on the moon’s surface. This marked a significant advancement compared to past missions, where the landing areas were several kilometers wide.

    At NASA’s Deep Space Network, which is responsible for communicating with spacecraft, both the Slim lander and the Lev-1 rover are currently transmitting data.

    The aim was for the rovers to be released before the touchdown, allowing them to potentially still function even if the Slim is experiencing difficulties.

    The original intention was for it to tilt slightly, but it appears it may have fallen too far.

    Peregrine 1 attempted to make a soft landing on the moon, but experienced a fuel leak and was unable to reach its destination. This would have made it the first commercially operated spacecraft to accomplish such a task, but it remains an unaccomplished feat.

    Two Japanese missions, one publicly funded and one privately funded, have been unsuccessful.

    In August, India achieved a major milestone in its budget-friendly space program by successfully landing a spacecraft near the south pole of the Moon. This accomplishment followed a Russian probe’s crash in the same area a few days earlier and came four years after a previous Indian attempt fell short at the final hurdle.

    NASA has postponed upcoming moon expeditions. The organization intends to return astronauts to the surface of the moon within the next ten years and construct a space station in orbit around the moon.

    Source: theguardian.com