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NASA caught a glimpse of Japan’s “Moon Sniper” lander after it landed.

The US space agency published the below images (presented in a gallery) showing its appearance on the Moon, as seen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from roughly 50 miles above the surface on January 24th.

The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) made Japan the fifth nation to make a soft landing on the Moon, although an unfortunate malfunction rendered it without power in a matter of hours.

A gif showing the appearance of Japan’s SLIM lander.


Japan’s “Moon Sniper” appears.
Image: NASA