JAXA SLIM landing site, 80 cm pixel scale
The SLIM lander on the lunar surface (13.3160°S, 25.2510°E, -912 m elevation). The image is 880 meters wide, and north is up, LROC NAC M1460739214L [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].


On 19 January 2024 at 15:20 UTC, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) landed on the Moon. Five days later, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft orbit passed over the landing site, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) acquired an image from an altitude of about 80 kilometers (50 miles), with a solar incidence angle of 14° (near noon). Bright ejecta seen on the left side of the image is from the nearby fresh crater Shioli (diameter 270 meters).

Before landing NAC image blinking with after landing NAC image (enlarged 2x)
Before (M1254087075L) and after (M1460739214L) landing site pair. Note the slight change in reflectance around the lander due to engine exhaust sweeping the surface. Images enlarged 2x, 440 meters wide [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Before and after landing ratio image
Ratio of the before image and the after image. The subtle changes to surface brightness from the rocket plume are enhanced. Image width 880 meters, north is up [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

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Published by Mark Robinson on 26 January 2024