Inspenet, August 28, 2023.
There is a possible new release date for XRISM and SLIM
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in collaboration with NASA had everything ready to launch a new satellite called XRISM (X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission). It has the ability to observe celestial objects using light in the form of X-rays, which would allow scientists to investigate some of the most energetic phenomena found in the universe.
Its function would be to detect the X-rays emitted by stellar explosions and the jets of particles that are launched at speeds close to the speed of light by supermassive black holes. In addition, the satellite is equipped with thousands of curved mirrors that have been specially designed to capture X-rays.
Along with the XRISM mission was the SLIM (Smart Lander for Investigating Moon) lunar lander , nicknamed “Moon Sniper” due to its advanced high-precision landing technology. Unlike previous lunar lander missions, SLIM aims to land at a specific location within 100 meters, in contrast to the typical distance of kilometers on previous missions.
The purpose of the lander is to investigate a small lunar impact crater called Shioli, located near the Sea of Nectars. This research aims to analyze the composition of the rocks and unravel the origins of the moon.
The XRISM and SLIM mission were originally scheduled to launch earlier, but due to adverse weather conditions, the launch has been delayed twice. The next launch attempt was scheduled for yesterday afternoon from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, but was once again called off (30 minutes early) due to bad weather in Japan. The XRISM launch event would be broadcast live on JAXA’s YouTube channel in both English and Japanese languages. It is expected to be rescheduled for before September 15 .
Once in orbit, the XRISM satellite will require a few months of calibration before it can begin to observe the hottest regions of the universe and objects with the highest gravity. The mission is anticipated to have an operational duration of three years.
As for SLIM, it will head towards the moon using its own propulsion system. After reaching lunar orbit, it will spend about a month orbiting the moon before attempting a soft landing near the Sea of Nectars.
The launch of XRISM and SLIM represents another exciting chapter in space exploration, as scientists seek to shed light on the mysteries of the universe and the origins of our natural satellite .