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9/7/2023, 1:48 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Japan launches lunar lander

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched on Thursday its lunar lander, the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM).

The liftoff took place at Tanegashima Space Center at 8:42 am local time and JAXA also launched its X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) using the same Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s H-IIA rocket. SLIM is Japan's first lunar surface mission and is expected to attempt a Moon landing in up to six months.

"SLIM is a small-scale exploration lander designed for pinpoint landings on the Moon's surface, reduction in the size and weight of equipment used in Moon landings, and investigation into the Moon's origins. It will also test technology fundamental to exploration in low-gravity environments, an important requirement for future scientific investigation of the solar system," JAXA described the device.

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