Japan is close to becoming the 5th country in the world to reach the moon

Japanese mission to the Moon taken / Photo courtesy of JAXA
Japanese mission to the Moon taken / Photo courtesy of JAXA

Japan is close to becoming the 5th country in the world to reach the moon.

A Japanese mission launched in September has successfully entered lunar orbit.

According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the mission to the moon achieved a major milestone on December 25.

The mission has successfully entered lunar orbit but will not land yet.

The mission will orbit the moon for about a month and then attempt a landing.

The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLAM) mission consists of a small spacecraft and lander weighing 200 kg.

The primary objective of this mission is to demonstrate the capability of pinpoint landing within 100 meters of the selected landing site.

The Japanese mission will attempt to land near Shioli, a small crater in the moon’s equatorial region.

This is the first time that a mission has been sent to the moon by the Japanese space agency.

Earlier, a private Japanese company had launched a mission to the moon some time ago, but it failed to land.

The Japanese space agency has also released a video after the mission entered lunar orbit.

Earlier, the missions of America, Russia, China and India have successfully landed on the surface of the moon.

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