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SLIM's photo of 10 lunar rocks. Photos taken by SLIM have already contributed to understanding about the moon’s surface.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 29, 2024
Japan’s moon lander stops responding in the dark
The Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon, also known as SLIM, did not respond to a signal sent to it by Japan's space agency on Monday evening.
Masashi Okada (right), project manager of the H3 rocket for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Mayuki Niitsu, Mitsubishi Heavy industries' H3 rocket project manager, in front of a rocket core at a Mitsubishi plant in Tobishima, Aichi Prefecture, on March 21
Apr 26, 2024
Japan’s space agency sets June 30 as third launch date for H3 rocket
The rocket will carry the Daichi-4 satellite, which is designed for high-resolution Earth observation.
An image of the lunar surface taken Tuesday by Japan's moon lander, which has survived three lunar nights
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 25, 2024
Japan's moon lander survives third lunar night
SLIM successfully reestablished communication and was continuing to take snapshots and probe the lunar surface, JAXA said.
Two astronauts from Japan are set to take part in the Artemis program, a NASA-led effort to return astronauts to the moon.
Apr 10, 2024
Japanese astronaut to be first non-American to set foot on moon
The offer to Japan came as part of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's state visit, and as Washington seeks to strengthen ties with a key ally.
Koichi Wakata holds his final news conference as a JAXA astronaut in Tokyo on March 29.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 10, 2024
Former ISS commander and astronaut Koichi Wakata joins U.S. space firm
Wakata, 60, left the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency at the end of March after staying in space for 504 days.
A black-and-white photo of the rocky surface of a crater transmitted by Japan's unmanned moon lander
Mar 28, 2024
Japan moon probe survives second lunar night, JAXA says
The moon lander touched down in January at a wonky angle that left its solar panels facing the wrong way.
From left: Russian cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, American astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa sit inside the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft as they are recovered by the SpaceX ship MEGAN shortly after splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 13, 2024
Furukawa and three other astronauts return to Earth after six months
The Crew-7 mission came to an end after the SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed safely into the Gulf of Mexico.
Space One readies its KAIROS small rocket for launch on Saturday morning in Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture. The launch was postponed later that morning.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 9, 2024
Space One postpones bid to be Japan's first private firm to put satellite in orbit
The Tokyo-based startup halted the mission after a ship ventured into a "maritime warning area" just 10 minutes before the launch.
An image of Japan's lunar lander and the moon's surface captured by SORA-Q, which was successfully released before the craft's touchdown on Jan. 25.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 2, 2024
Japan SLIM moon lander put to sleep after surviving lunar night
Another operation attempt of the SLIM spacecraft is scheduled for later this month, the country's space agency said.
The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), is seen in this handout image taken by LEV-2 on the moon, released on Jan. 25.
Feb 26, 2024
Japan's SLIM moon probe unexpectedly survives lunar night
The lander touched down on the lunar surface last month, making Japan the fifth country to put a probe on the moon.
A second test model of the H3 rocket lifts off from the launch pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the southwestern island of Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Feb 20, 2024
Can Japan’s new H3 rocket compete with Elon Musk’s Falcon 9?
In order to seriously compete with the Falcon 9, which currently dominates the market, experts say price and usability of the H3 would be key.
The second test model of Japan's H3 rocket lifts off from the launchpad at Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Saturday morning.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 17, 2024
Japan’s space agency successfully launches latest H3 rocket
With the H3, JAXA aims to maintain Japan’s prowess in rocket development technologies and give a jolt to related industries.
Masashi Okada, project manager in charge of H3’s development at JAXA, speaks during a news conference on Tuesday in Minamitane, Kagoshima Prefecture.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 16, 2024
Japan’s space agency set to retry H3 rocket launch
With H3, JAXA aims to maintain Japan’s prowess in rocket development technologies and give a jolt to related industries.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will delay the launch date of the second model of its new H3 flagship rocket from the initially planned Thursday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 13, 2024
Japan delays H3 rocket's second launch due to bad weather
The new launch date will be announced later, but weather conditions at the launch site, Tanegashima Space Center, appear to set recover late Friday.
The first unit of H3 rocket carrying the Earth observation satellite Daichi-3 is launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture in March last year.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 12, 2024
JAXA to give second shot at H3 rocket launch Thursday
During last year's launch, the second-stage engine of the first unit failed to ignite due to an electrical problem.
The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) is seen on the surface of the moon in an image released Jan. 25.
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 2, 2024
Japan’s historic moon landing was right on target
Japan made history last month when it became the fifth nation to soft land on the moon.
The last scene of the moon taken by the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon with its navigation camera before dusk. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency released the image on Thursday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 1, 2024
Lunar night puts Japanese lander back to sleep
SLIM, dubbed the "Moon Sniper" for its precision landing technology, touched down within its target landing zone on Jan. 20.
A photo taken by SLIM's camera, released by JAXA on Monday, shows the moon's surface
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 29, 2024
Japan’s lunar probe regains power more than a week after landing
JAXA said Monday that the agency was able to reestablish communications with the SLIM probe on Sunday evening.
An images taken by a NASA satellite shows Japan's Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on the lunar surface after it succeeded in making a pinpoint landing.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 27, 2024
NASA unveils images of Japan's SLIM moon probe after landing success
The images, taken at an altitude of about 80 kilometers, show a slight change in reflectance around the lander due to engine exhaust sweeping the surface.
The precision landing made by the SLIM project is essential to establishing a manned base on the moon, which will depend on targeted supply missions.
Jan 26, 2024
Successful moon landing prepares Japan for the future
Japan is now the fifth country to successfully land a probe on the moon, following the U.S., Russia, China and India.


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