The lander suffered engine issues throughout its descent that will have knocked it off track, Shinichiro Sakai, SLIM’s venture supervisor, informed reporters.
Earlier than that, the craft had been on observe to land even nearer to its goal.
Issues with the light-weight spacecraft’s photo voltaic batteries additionally meant they were not generating power.
Almost three hours after landing, JAXA determined to modify SLIM off with 12 per cent energy remaining to permit for a possible resumption when the sun’s angle changes.
That may very well be in only a week as a result of the craft’s photo voltaic cells are dealing with west, the company mentioned.
“Based mostly on present estimates, we’re making ready for the resumption of the probe’s operations by Feb 1,” JAXA mentioned.
Mission management was in a position to obtain technical and picture knowledge from its descent and the lunar floor earlier than powering down the craft.
The mission was aiming for a crater the place the Moon’s mantle, the often deep inside layer beneath its crust, is believed to be uncovered on the floor.
By analysing the rocks there, JAXA hopes to make clear the thriller of the Moon’s potential water assets – key to constructing bases there at some point as potential stopovers on the way in which to Mars.
Two probes indifferent efficiently from SLIM on Saturday: one with a transmitter and one other designed to trundle across the lunar floor beaming photographs to Earth.