JAPAN: With its Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) probe, Japan joined the unique group of countries capable of soft landings on the moon. "Moon Sniper" landed successfully on the lunar surface at 8:50 PM IST on Friday, landing within 100 meters of its target and displaying remarkable accuracy; showcasing remarkable precision by landing within 100 meters of its target which is a feat unparalleled in spacecraft technology.
Currently the lander’s solar cells, which are critical for power supply and operations, are not working, jeopardizing the success of the mission. Despite a successful landing, SLIM currently relies solely on its batteries, with limited uptime in harsh lunar conditions. Efforts are underway to send vital data back to Earth, and the team hopes that changes in sunlight angle can power solar panels and restore efficiency, said Japan Space Research Agency research center chief Hitoshi Kuninaka by prioritizing critical information during low mission battery rods.
Japan's SLIM mission earned the nickname "Moon Sniper" for its unparalleled landing accuracy efforts, which offers potential benefits for future lunar exploration for JAXA believes this mobile landing technology the latter may aid in the penetration of alpine lunar soil estimated to contain oxygen, water. etc. precious materials that is necessary to sustain life and serve as potential rocket fuel.
While SLIM faces challenges with its solar cells, it is consistent with what happened to the starship Peregrine lander, which suffered a major post-flight issue with the privately built spacecraft, causing it to burn out as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere the exact opposite.
While the rest of the world is watching with bat breath, the Japanese space agency remains committed to finding a solution, hoping that a change of course in the sunlight sector can still catch on the lifeblood of the SLIM mission, contributing valuable insights to lunar exploration and technology development.