Japanese lunar spacecraft resumes operations


Japan has resurrected its spacecraft which had lost power soon after making a historic lunar touchdown, allowing it to resume scientific research to unlock the origins and composition of the Moon.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) confirmed on Monday that it had established communication with the spacecraft, which now rests on the lunar surface in what appears to be an upside-down position.

“Science observations were immediately started with the multi-band spectral camera,” Jaxa wrote on social media.

At 12:20am Tokyo time on January 20, Japan became the fifth nation to land on the Moon after the Soviet Union, US, China and more recently India, but the feat was marred by a power problem that threatened its ability to continue the mission.


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