Japan Mission Seeks to Achieve Precision Landing on Moon

SLIM lunar spacecraft (Credit: JAXA)

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — There is a huge difference in the significance of being able to land where it is easier to land, and being able to land where you want to land. Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), which is scheduled for launch on the H2A rocket in FY 2021, aims to achieve the latter.

It is an unmanned, small-sized moon landing demonstration probe developed for the purpose of verifying high precision landing technologies. While the order from various countries in moon landing accuracy is in units of kilometers, SLIM aims to answer to an order of 100 meters.


NASA, JAXA Issue Joint Statement Pledging to Explore the Moon

Artist’s rendering of an ascent vehicle separating from a descent vehicle and departing the lunar surface. (Credit: NASA)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Joint Statement on Cooperation in Lunar Exploration

During their September 24, 2019, meeting at JAXA Headquarters in Tokyo, NASA Administrator James Bridenstine and JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa welcomed the ongoing engagement between their agencies to realize JAXA’s participation in NASA’s Artemis program and vision for the participation of Japanese astronauts in lunar exploration.