Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

    Japan Becomes Fifth Country to Make Lunar Landing

    Reuters

    A Japanese spacecraft touched down on the moon early Saturday, Tokyo time, making Japan the fifth country to reach the moon.

    But it wasn’t all smooth sailing: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the mission may not be a complete success because the spacecraft’s solar cell is not generating electricity as it should.

    Hitoshi Kuninaka, head of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, said the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon was relying on batteries. At a press conference, when asked to rate the landing operation, he said he would give it a “60 out of 100,” dubbing it a “minimum success.”

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