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Japan Becomes 5th Country to Reach Moon

Sat 20 Jan 2024 | 04:06 PM
Animated Photo for Japan's Lunar Landing
Animated Photo for Japan's Lunar Landing
Rana Atef

On Saturday, Japan became the fifth country in history to reach the moon as an unmanned spacecraft successfully made a soft landing on the lunar surface.

However, Indian officials said they needed time to analyze whether the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, achieved its mission. In addition, the Indian officials expressed that the lunar device's solar panel failed to generate power, which means that its activity could be limited. 

They believe that the SLIM's rovers were launched as planned and it successfully sent data to Earth, according to Hitoshi Kuninaka, head of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science.

He added that the priority was for the craft to collect as much data about its landing due to the battery.