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Japan Launches 'Moon Sniper' 

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SLIM's Mission Overview

SLIM is a lunar lander developed by JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Its primary objective is to land safely on the Moon's surface, near the southeastern rim.

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The 'Moon Sniper' Moniker

SLIM earned the nickname 'Moon Sniper' because of its precision landing capabilities.

It will utilize advanced technologies to carefully select a landing site, avoiding hazardous areas.

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Scientific Goals

SLIM's mission is to gather valuable data about the Moon's terrain, geology, and environment.

Scientists hope to learn more about lunar quakes and the Moon's history by studying the Marius Hills region.

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Advanced Landing Technologies

SLIM is equipped with a Terrain-Relative Navigation (TRN) system.

It will use its autonomous landing capability to touch down safely.

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International Collaboration

The mission is a part of the Artemis program, in which NASA aims to return humans to the Moon.

SLIM's data will contribute to international efforts to establish a sustainable lunar presence.

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Launch Success

SLIM was launched aboard an H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan

The launch marked a critical milestone in Japan's lunar exploration endeavors.