Japan aims for Lunar success with smart lander mission on January 20

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In a bid to overcome setbacks, Japan is set to attempt a soft landing on the moon's surface with the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon early Saturday morning (January 20). The country seeks to join the exclusive club of nations achieving a successful soft landing on the moon. The United States, Russia (erstwhile USSR), China, and India have accomplished this feat, leaving Japan eager to overcome its exclusion. Designed to land within 100 meters of its target, SLIM aims to revolutionise lunar exploration. JAXA Director Hiroshi Yamakawa envisions the mission enabling precise landings, marking a new era in lunar exploration....