The Japanese lunar module woke up nine days after landing on the surface of the moon, where it ended up almost upside down and then turned off. However, the Japanese space agency JAXA announced that change in the position of the Sun allowed the solar panels to charge the probe’s batterywhich helped restore communication.

Shortly after landing SLIM probes (Smart Lander for Investigating Moon) it looked hopeless. The agency immediately noticed a problem with power generation and sent to the surface of the moon pair of probes. The Lunar Excursion Vehicle 2 (LEV-2) captured a photo of the SLIM probe showing it upside down and its panels point away from the Sun. The cause was determined to be a main engine failure.

JAXA believed that there was a chance that the probe it will recover once the sun’s rays are directed more towards the solar panels, and that’s exactly what happened. Shortly after power was restored, the probe took an image of a rock formation called Toy Poodle using a multi-band spectral camera. The team also looked at several other rock formations with dog names, including a Saint Bernard, a bulldog, and a Shiba Inu.

Landing upside down seemed like a major problem, but it looks like it is the mission can now proceed more or less as planned. While the baseball-sized LEV-2 will survey the surface (and relay data via the LEV-1 probe), SLIM will focus on getting the most information about the lunar surface.

Source: engadget.com