The NASA LRO probe discovered the landing site of the Japanese SLIM device on the moon

The NASA LRO probe discovered the landing site of the Japanese SLIM device on the moon

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft from a height of 80 km detected the landing site of the Japanese scientific apparatus SLIM on the surface of the moon.

According to NASA, the SLIM module landed at the coordinates of 13.3160 ​​degrees south latitude and 25.2510 degrees east longitude, the device is at an altitude of minus 912 meters on the slope of the Shioli Crater.

The launch of the SLIM module took place on September 7 from the Tanegashima Spaceport in Kagoshima Prefecture. The module sounded on January 19 at 18:20 Moscow time. The Japanese SLIM module overturned during the landing on the moon, the reason was the breakdown of one of the two engines of the device. Due to an incorrect landing, the solar panels were unable to produce energy, and the device was turned off at 20:57 Moscow time on January 24, JAXA reports.

JAXA specialists received technical data of the module’s navigation before landing, as well as photos taken during descent and on the surface of the Moon. The smaller probes (LEV-1 and LEV-2) also successfully separated from SLIM just before docking.

The LEV-2 scientific vehicle took the first photo of the Japanese SLIM module on the moon.

LEV-2 in crawl mode. It swings from side to side to move. LEV-2 batteries provide only two hours of operation on the moon.

On August 31, 2023, NASA published a photo of a small new crater on the Moon, which probably appeared after the fall of the Russian Moon-25 spacecraft. The image was taken by NASA’s LRO lunar probe.

NASA experts explained that the new crater has a diameter of about 10 meters and is located at 57.865 degrees south latitude and 61.360 degrees east longitude at an altitude of about minus 360 meters. The point of impact was on the steep (inclined more than 20 degrees) inner rim of the Pontecoulant G crater, about 400 kilometers from the planned landing site of “Moon-25”.

Experts explained that technically, NASA’s LRO lunar orbiter could indeed capture an anomaly in a photo of a spacecraft crash site if it flew over the suspected crash site, as it did in May 2019 at the crash site of the Israeli Bereshit spacecraft.

Then the diameter of the shallow crater formed after the fall of the apparatus was about 7-8 meters. The “Bereshit” device crashed into the surface of the Moon at a small angle (~8°), the crater came out elongated.

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