As we have had the opportunity to write in the last few days, this is JAXA SLIM lander (Smart Lander for Investigating Moon) led a soft landing on the surface of the moon Transmit a few hours of useful data and images that allow engineers to obtain important information, thus confirming that Japan is the fifth nation to land on lunar soil.
Unfortunately due to a problem with one of the main engines (specifically the loss of a nozzle). Countries it is not mooned in the correct position but leaning forward with i Solar panels facing west. This was not possible JAXA SLIM In order to charge the batteries as expected, the engineers decided to leave 12% of the remaining charge to make this possible Countries From “wake up” in case the sun returns to properly illuminate this area (Shioli Crater). Meanwhile, NASA's LRO spacecraft managed to capture an image showing the successful landing with the exact location, as expected.
The JAXA SLIM lander has awakened on the lunar surface
We expected news on February 1st, when the sun, currently setting in the landing zone, would have been able to illuminate the solar panels and recharge the batteries (with the lander programmed to leave the landing zone ). stand by and contact the earth). There JAXA However, he continued to send messages to the moon try something “Don’t miss the call” of Japanese lunar lander.
Until a few hours ago, the situation remained unchanged and no reactions were reported. However, something changed at 9:11 p.m. (Italian time) when the antennas of AMSAT-DL they picked up a signal coming from moon. After a few minutes it was confirmed that this was indeed the case JAXA SLIM who tried to contact the listening antennas for a first contact until 9:21 p.m. (Italian time).
The Countries It then continued broadcasting at 10:02 p.m., while at the time of writing the signal from LEV-1 rover which should be nearby and which is also equipped with a small solar panel (and which has the ability to contact Earth independently of the lander). LEV-2, on the other hand, was only equipped with batteries and was not expected to operate for a long time (a few hours). This means that LEV-2 should no longer function or transmit.
The amateur astronomer (but definitely reliable). Scott Tilley an analysis began of the data provided by AMSAT-DL to confirm that the signal actually came from SLIM. The preliminary conclusion is that it is actually a signal coming from the moon, and everything points to it actually being the Japanese lunar module. Although there is no absolute certainty (at the moment), everything indicates that it is indeed SLIM and not a possible signal from other devices or interference from other satellites or probes. At the time of the moon landing, a base was initially supplied with transmissions whose origin was certain.
Currently it is JAXA has not confirmed contact with SLIM and the space agency has not provided any information about what exactly will happen afterward Countries a stable connection will be restored. We do not know whether the agency intends to change the position Smart lander for exploring the moon with the main engine still functioning (which still had some fuel) or whether she will try “only” to continue collecting useful data at your current location. After some preliminary calculations The sun is expected to set in the lunar landing area on January 31 at 10:00 a.m. (Italian time). The lander therefore has a few days to fully charge its batteries and then use the stored energy for continued operation. This would suggest that the JAXA It will only use its engines once the sun has completely set, taking advantage of every minute of available light.