SLIM lives! Japan’s upside-down moon lander survives freezing lunar night, defying all expectations

Japan’s SLIM moon lander has seemingly defied death — for a second time.

After being powered down on Jan. 31 for what was assumed to be a mission-ending, two-week-long sleep in the freezing lunar night, the lander unexpectedly woke up and responded to a command sent by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Sunday night (Feb. 25).

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