HomeSpaceJAXA Restores Communication with SLIM: Fresh Images of Lunar Surface Obtained

JAXA Restores Communication with SLIM: Fresh Images of Lunar Surface Obtained


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), on 29 January, announced that communication with the unmanned spacecraft “SLIM,” which landed on the lunar surface and obtained fresh images of the moon’s surface, has been restored. The spacecraft could not produce electricity from its onboard solar panels following touchdown; efforts to restore them are ongoing. However, JAXA intends to stay engaged in exploring the moon’s origin by utilising specialised cameras to capture lunar surface images.

Subsequent data analysis reveals that Japan’s unmanned probe “SLIM,” which made history as the fifth nation to accomplish this feat on the lunar surface early on the 20th of this month, accomplished the first “pinpoint landing” within 100 metres of the landing target point.

SLIM Probe on Moon Surface
SLIM Probe on Moon Surface. Images JAXA

However, shortly before touchdown, one of the two primary engines encountered an anomaly that caused the probe to land in an unexpected position on the lunar surface. Consequently, the solar panels installed on the probe could not receive sunlight, rendering power generation unattainable.

Consequently, JAXA implemented a temporary power shutdown of the probe and has been persistently working towards its recovery, bearing in mind the potential for an automatic resumption of operations once solar panels receive sunlight and power is reinstated. Resuming operations on the 29th morning, JAXA effectively restored communication between the probe and the ground.

Scientific observations have begun, it has been announced, and images of rocks on the lunar surface captured by specialised cameras aboard the spacecraft have been made public.

Toy poodle observed using the first light multi-band observation – JAXA

“Toy Poodle,” one of the six pebbles that were previously chosen as observation targets based on the image data acquired thus far, is depicted in these images.

JAXA plans to continue such investigations on the lunar surface in the future.

Such lunar surface investigations are what JAXA intends to continue in the future.

JAXA published this image on its official Twitter account after restoring communication with SLIM. It depicts the lunar surface of a rocky terrain, capturing the boulders’ rugged texture. The image depicted herein is one of the six boulders previously chosen as observation targets based on the acquired image data. Once power was restored, a specialised camera aboard SLIM captured the image.

To facilitate visualisation of their relative sizes, JAXA has assigned dog breed-derived nicknames, such as “Saint Bernard” and “Akita Inu,” to each of the boulders under observation. The uploaded image corresponds to the “Toy Poodle” rock.

Frontier India News Network
Frontier India News Network
Frontier India News Network is the in-house news collection and distribution agency.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Airbus Gains Edge as Boeing Hesitates on Mid-Market to Succeed 757

Despite setbacks in recent years, the Boeing 737 Max remains a competitive option in the single-aisle airliner market, with over 4,100 orders on the...

Ukraine Signals Shift: Foreign Minister Open to Talks with Russia

Kyiv is ready to negotiate with Moscow, stated Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in a conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. "The Ukrainian side...

Belgian Navy’s Next-Gen Minehunter M 940 Oostende Begins Sea Trials

According to reports, the lead next-generation mine countermeasure ship M 940 Oostende of the joint Belgian-Dutch Mine Counter Measures (rMCM) program will embark on...

Rolls-Royce Aims to Fix A350 Engine Issues with Multi-Stage Upgrade Program  

In a significant move to address performance and durability concerns, Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc is investing over £1 billion, or about $1.3 billion, to upgrade...

Royal Thai Air Force Debuts AT-6 Wolverine Attack Aircraft

A ceremony took place on July 16, 2024, at the Chiang Mai airbase in Thailand to officially introduce the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)...