Christmas Entry: Japanese Moon Lander Enters Moon Orbit

A Japanese moon lander has successfully entered the moon’s orbit, a huge milestone for the country’s first-ever moon mission.

The lander’s landing on the moon is expected to take place next month, as per the Japanese space agency.

The lander is called “Moon Sniper”, as it will land within 100 meters next to a specific target on the lunar surface.

The 5th Country

Japan is poised to become the world’s 5th country to land a rover on the lunar surface, after the US, Russia, China and India.

“The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is pleased to announce that the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) was successfully inserted into lunar orbit”, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.

Lander Moving As Expected

The Japanese space agency said there was nothing abnormal about the lander, hinting at a potential breakthrough next month.

The lander is much more accurate in terms of landing than its predecessors, which landed within 10 kilometers next to their targets.

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