Japan’s Hakuto-R moon lander has successfully entered lunar orbit ahead of its planned landing in 2024, according to an announcement made by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on March 22, 2023.
The Hakuto-R moon lander is part of a larger lunar exploration mission known as SLIM, or Smart Lander for Investigating Moon. The mission aims to study the moon’s geology and potential resources, as well as to develop technologies for future lunar exploration.
The Hakuto-R lander will carry a suite of scientific instruments, including a seismometer and a drill, to study the moon’s interior and gather data on its composition. The lander is also equipped with high-definition cameras that will capture images and video of the lunar surface.
According to JAXA, the successful entry of the Hakuto-R lander into lunar orbit is a significant milestone for the SLIM mission and a testament to the agency’s technical capabilities. The mission is a collaboration between JAXA and several private companies, including ispace, which is providing the lander.
Japan’s SLIM mission is part of a larger trend in space exploration, as countries and private companies around the world increasingly focus on exploring the moon and developing new technologies for space exploration. The success of the Hakuto-R lander in entering lunar orbit is a promising development for the mission and for the future of lunar exploration.