The unmanned smart lander for lunar exploration, SLEM, landed last month at a shaky angle that directed its solar panels in the wrong direction. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (GAXA) said that as the angle of the sun changed, the rover came back to life for two days and conducted observations. Scientific drilling with a high-quality camera.

Then it went back to sleep as darkness returned, and since it was not designed for harsh lunar nights, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency wasn't sure if it would wake up again. "Yesterday we sent a command, and it responded to it," the agency added on "X" on Monday. SLEM", and thus "the vehicle succeeded in surviving one night on the lunar surface while maintaining its communication function." This achievement was a victory for the Japanese space program after a series of recent failures, making it only the fifth country to achieve It made a "soft landing" on the moon's surface, following the United States, the Soviet Union, China and India. But during its landing, the spacecraft suffered engine problems and ended up on its side, meaning the solar panels were facing west instead of upward, according to an article published in the magazine " “Science Alert.” Its maker noted that the spacecraft may have lied on its side after a dramatic landing, even as ground controllers downloaded surface data and images from it.