Japan’s SLIM moon lander powers down as long lunar night falls (again)

As a Japanese moon lander again went dormant, controllers bid farewell.

The sun stopped shining above SLIM, short for “Smart Lander for Investigating Moon,” as of 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT) on Thursday (Feb. 29), officials with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced on X, formerly Twitter. SLIM landed upside down on the moon on Jan. 19, which means its solar panels are crooked but can still receive a bit of power.

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