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Japan’s SLIM mooncraft faces power shortage following successful landing on the moon


TOKYO‌ -​ Japan’s historic mission to the moon ‍faced a setback as solar power issues threatened to cut ⁢short the‍ nation’s efforts to prove precision landing technology. The Japan Aerospace Exploration ⁢Agency’s Smart Lander ⁣for‌ Investigating Moon⁣ successfully landed on the moon’s surface, ​but its solar panels⁣ were‌ unable to generate electricity, possibly due to incorrect angling.

The space agency is ⁣prioritizing the transfer‍ of the moon lander’s data to Earth as​ it relies solely ⁢on its battery, which is expected to last for only a few hours. Despite implementing “life-sustaining treatments” ‍such⁤ as turning off its heater, the agency⁣ is hopeful ‍that a shift in the sunlight’s angle will restore the panels’ functions.

Japan’s space agency is ⁢maintaining the status quo rather than taking risky ⁣actions and is optimistic that the change in solar direction‌ on the moon will eventually allow​ the solar cells ‍to receive light and⁢ generate electricity.

While the signal from the moon lander‌ was temporarily lost, the agency remains committed to its⁤ mission of exploring hilly moon poles, which are seen as a potential source of⁢ oxygen, ⁢fuel, ⁤and water.​ The successful landing with 100-meter accuracy is ⁣a significant achievement​ for Japan’s space ⁢program, despite the current challenges.

Japan’s growing interest⁤ in space exploration is evident through its partnerships with the United States and the increasing presence of⁤ private-sector space ⁤startups. The ⁢nation’s⁤ space ‍agency aims​ to send an‌ astronaut to the ‌moon as part of NASA’s Artemis program‌ in the next few years, showcasing its commitment to ⁣advancing space exploration.

Despite recent setbacks in rocket development, Japan’s space agency remains ⁣determined to overcome challenges and contribute to ⁢the global space community. The successful landing on the moon is a testament to⁣ Japan’s ‍dedication⁣ to ‌space exploration and ‌its potential to play a ⁣significant role in future missions.

Advancements in Space ‍Technology

The moon lander’s precision landing technology⁢ and the deployment of mini-probes demonstrate Japan’s innovative approach to space exploration. The lightweight‌ design of ‌the ​vehicle‍ and its fuel-efficient journey to ‍the moon highlight ‍Japan’s commitment to reducing launch costs and ⁣conducting more frequent missions in‍ the future.

As ⁣Japan continues to push the ‌boundaries of space exploration, its collaboration⁢ with tech​ giant⁤ Sony⁤ Group, toymaker Tomy, and various Japanese ⁣universities in developing ⁣robots‍ for lunar missions showcases the⁤ nation’s expertise in space technology and robotics.

Despite the current challenges, Japan’s ⁤space ⁢agency remains⁤ focused on its mission to explore​ the‍ moon and contribute to the global‌ understanding of space. The ⁢successful landing and deployment of mini-probes mark a significant milestone for Japan’s space ‌program and⁢ its potential to⁢ lead future space missions.

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