The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) landed on the Moon on January 20, 2024, and Professor OHTAKE Makiko (Payload Manager) (*2) and Associate Professor HONDA Chikatoshi (*3) of the Aizu Research Center for Space Informatics (ARC-Space) (*1) were in charge of the Multi-Band Camera (MBC) aboard the SLIM.
The analysis tool created by KANO Keisuke, a fourth-year undergraduate student, was also utilized for this operation.
< Comments from Professor OHTAKE Makiko>
Since I was in charge of the development of the observation equipment installed on the lunar orbiter Kaguya launched in 2007, I have continued research activities with the dream of realizing a lunar landing, so I am really happy about this lunar landing by SLIM.
I would like to continue our efforts so that we can make use of this achievement for future lunar and planetary exploration.
Thank you for your continued support.
<Comments from Associate Professor HONDA Chikatoshi>
When the camera team was established in 2016, I was approached by Professor Otake of JAXA at the time and participated in the development of the spectroscopic camera.
Given that not all exploration programs necessarily result in data acquisition, we are thrilled to see that SLIM has borne fruit and captured something tangible on camera.
This spectroscopic camera contains the knowledge of many people, including researchers who are not currently participating.
In addition, I would like to thank many people, including students, who have supported me so far.