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Problems with Solar Arrays Could Limit Life of SLIM Lander

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is having trouble with its space lander as the solar arrays are not charging. It’s possible that the batteries are not facing in the direction the designers intended. This situation could change as the solar angle changes, but this could take up to a month, and it is unclear if the lander will be able to survive the lunar night until that time.

JAXA is nevertheless still receiving data from the lander while the battery continues to functions. Researchers estimate that the lander has achieved the precision landing that was one of the highlights of the mission, (within 100 meters of the target), but this will only be confirmed when they have the final data.