The Japanese managed to wake up their lunar lander from sleep mode. Its solar panels are already working – VTM.cz

The Japanese managed to wake up their lunar lander from sleep mode. Its solar panels are already working – VTM.cz
The Japanese managed to wake up their lunar lander from sleep mode. Its solar panels are already working – VTM.cz
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The Japanese have restored communication with their SLIM lunar lander. It had to be put into hibernation after it landed essentially upside down, rendering its solar panels unable to function.

But later, thanks to a change in the orientation of the sun’s rays, the solar panels “woke up” and began to charge the lander’s batteries.

“Communication with SLIM was successfully established last night and operations have been restored! With the MBC, science observations immediately began and we obtained the first light for 10-band observations,” the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reported.

And what else? Scientists still hope that it will be possible to analyze the composition of the rocks near the lander and thus gain new interesting insights into the origin of our natural satellite.

“We will prioritize what we can do now – make observations and gather information – over adjusting SLIM’s position, as adjusting the position could make the situation worse,” a JAXA spokesman said.


The Japanese managed to establish a connection with their robots, which accompanied the lunar lander SLIM (Smart Lander for Investigating Moon). He arrived on the moon last week.

Thanks to this, a picture of SLIM, taken by a robot called SORA-Q, which was successfully landed while descending to the surface, appeared on the Internet.

As can be seen at first glance, the lander rested on its “nose”. “The main engine anomaly affected the landing position of the device,” the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) admitted in a statement.

The cause of the power generation problems that forced SLIM to shut down just three hours after landing is also now clear – blocked solar panels.

Therefore, in order to send the above photo to Earth at all, SORA-Q first had to transmit the data to a second robot, LEV-1, which can contact mission control independently of the lander.

From the available information, SLIM unfortunately cannot simply “roll onto its side”, unlike a person lying in bed, which means that it will most likely remain in its current position and will no longer be able to be turned on.

The article is in Czech

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