Japan’s Lunar Lander Reaches Moon, but Status Unknown

Japan’s space agency, JAXA, has announced that its lunar lander has reached the moon. However, the status of the lander is currently unknown, and JAXA is still checking its condition.

Background

This is not Japan’s first attempt at a lunar landing. In 2023, Japanese startup Ispace Inc. attempted to put a private lunar lander on the moon, but the mission failed due to an altitude miscalculation. JAXA’s current mission, called SLIM, is attempting to land on the moon in a short, 20-minute window.

Japan's Lunar Lander Reaches Moon, but Status Unknown

Unclear Status

JAXA has confirmed that the lander reached the surface of the moon, but the agency has not been able to verify the condition of the lander. The agency has ended its live broadcast of the mission and is currently analyzing data to determine the status of the lander.

Conclusion

Japan’s lunar lander has reached the moon, but its status is currently unknown. JAXA is still analyzing data to determine the condition of the lander. This mission marks the country’s latest attempt at a lunar landing, following a failed attempt by a Japanese startup in 2023. Further updates on the status of the lander are expected in the coming days.

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