Japan inquiry lands on Moon in perfection touchdown charge:

A Japanese spacecraft equipped with 

perfection navigation technology has successfully landed on the Moon, but the fate of its charge is uncertain due to problems with its solar power generation system, the country's space agency said Saturday.




With the touchdown

of the Smart Lander for probing Moon, or SLIM, Japan has made its first lunar  wharf, joining the former Soviet Union, the United States, China and India as the only countries to have  fulfilled the feat.


" We believe it succeeded in making a soft  wharf"

as data transmitted from the craft to Earth has so far suggested that  utmost of the mounted  outfit was working  duly, Hitoshi Kuninaka, a  elderly functionary of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, told a press conference.


But the lander's solar power system

wasn't working and its battery would last for only a matter of hours. JAXA  officers said they suspect the  erected-in power generation system wasn't  duly facing the sun and could begin to  serve  formerly sun conditions change.


The spacecraft is designed

to test technology for conducting point  levees on the  face of gravitational bodies with  unknown  perfection of  lower than 100  measures from intended targets, as opposed to  former Moon landers that have an  delicacy of within several to around a dozen kilometers, according to JAXA.


Kuninaka said,"

We believe we came  near to 100-cadence  perfection" with the  wharf, as the vehicle matched the anticipated line and acceleration  previous to touching down.


JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa

said that while the agency would need a month to  dissect the  wharf and exactly what  happed to the spacecraft as it reached the lunar  face, Japan is ready to partake applicable knowledge about the point  wharf technology through  transnational cooperation  fabrics.


The agency has said it's necessary

to realize a transition down from an  period of"  wharf where we can" toward one of"  wharf where we want" for  unborn Moon  operations, which could include searching for water,  taking point  levees on uneven  shells  similar as  pitches.


participating the technology

for  similar precise  levees would enhance sustainable, long- term  disquisition of the Moon, Yamakawa told Saturday's press conference.   


Using SLIM,

dubbed the" Moon Sniper," the agency hopes to help unravel the origins of the Moon by carrying out a composition analysis of  jewels believed to be part of its mantle.




The  inquiry began

the final stage of its  wharf  charge around night Friday from a point around 15 km above the  face.


According to the agency,

the vehicle can autonomously determine the stylish spot to land by taking  prints of craters and  shells during its descent and comparing them with imagery inputted in advance.


The spacecraft

is designed to first land on one of its five legs and use the others after  tilting over to stabilize its position.


The discoverer

was launched on an H2A rocket onSept. 7 last time from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan. The spacecraft entered lunar route on Dec. 25.


Its launch was 

originally  listed for around May last time but was delayed due to a failed  takeoff of Japan's coming- generation H3 rocket several months  before. It was  laid over again in August due to the rainfall.



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