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JAXA reports that communication with the SLIM lander can be restored

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After the historic landing of their Smart Lander on the Moon, mission engineers discovered problems with power generation and decided to temporarily turn off the module in order to restore its operation under sufficient illumination from the sun’s rays. This was reported by the Japanese space agency JAXA on Monday, January 22.

Thanks to its unique precision landing capability, Japan’s module, dubbed Moon Sniper as part of the unmanned Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) mission, became the fifth object to successfully make a soft landing on the Moon.

JAXA reports that communication with the SLIM lander can be restored

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However, immediately after landing, the Japanese aerospace research agency JAXA was unable to confirm the functionality of the module’s solar panels. Full technical data from the mission about the descent and images of the lunar surface were obtained before shutting down the module. JAXA emphasized that they are pleased with the data received and will likely be able to restore the module’s operation if sunlight hits its solar panels.

SLIM is one of several new lunar missions launched by governments and private companies since the 50th anniversary of man’s first landing on the Moon. Despite significant difficulties with landing and communications, only four other participants managed to reach the Moon: the USA, the USSR, China and recently India.

Requiring a minimum battery charge, mission engineers shut down the SLIM module’s battery at 12% charge to avoid potential complications when restoring operation.

Data analysis currently being carried out at the mission control center will determine whether the module reached its target and landed within 100 meters of its intended location. The mission is aimed at a crater where the Moon’s mantle, usually found at depth, protrudes to the surface. Analysis of rocks in this area will reveal the secrets of possible water resources on the Moon, which is key to the creation of future lunar bases as points on the way to Mars.

Two modules associated with the SLIM transmitter and capable of moving along the lunar surface and transmitting images to Earth have successfully detached from the main module.

JAXA plans to announce mission results and the status of SLIM soon. Despite the problems, the agency says it is pleased with the successful landing and hopes to gain valuable data.

Japanese lunar missions have failed twice before, both public and private. In 2022, Japan failed to deliver the Omotenashi lunar probe as part of the American Artemis 1 mission. And in April 2023, the Japanese company ispace failed to become the first private company to successfully land on the Moon and lost contact with the device after a hard landing.

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Apple is reportedly preparing to launch some new products. The company allegedly informed retail teams that it would be revamping physical stores in addition to holding media briefings.

Apple is making changes to its stores as it prepares for new product announcements

In particular, changes are made to the interior design of stores, marketing banners are placed, and old demo products are replaced with new ones.

There is no data yet on what these products are, but presumably we are talking about the new iPad Pro with OLED screens, which we recently learned will be ultra-thin, as well as an updated MacBook Air based on the M3 SoC.

The announcement is expected to take place on March 7, but it is not yet clear in what format. Perhaps fresh press releases will simply appear on the Apple website.

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A relatively silent liquid cooling system without a pump. Testing of such a prototype from Wieland has been published

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Liquid cooling systems, like air cooling systems, also make noise. It is formed primarily due to the operation of the pump. The German company Wieland has developed a prototype of liquid CO without a pump, and there is already a review of it on the Internet.

A relatively silent liquid cooling system without a pump.  Testing of such a prototype from Wieland has been published

The famous overclocker Der8auer tested this device, comparing it with the classic liquid CO from Corsair, and using the same fans for a more correct comparison.

A relatively silent liquid cooling system without a pump.  Testing of such a prototype from Wieland has been published

It turned out that the pumpless system is quite viable. Yes, under maximum load, in this case in the form of the Cinebench R23 benchmark, the Corsair cooler did better, gaining 8 degrees (70 degrees versus 78 degrees). However, firstly, both results are quite good, taking into account the test 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X, and secondly, in games there was no difference between the COs at all, that is, there will be no difference in average loads.

But in terms of noise level, of course, the Wieland prototype is significantly ahead. That is, if you use some very quiet fans, the system as a whole will be relatively silent. Additionally, the reviewer says the system could be improved by, for example, closing the gaps on the sides of the radiator and using a copper cooling plate instead of the current aluminum one.

As for the principle of operation, we are talking about the principle of a thermosyphon.

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Adaptive suspension, increased ground clearance, all-terrain tires. Lexus NX 2024 Overtrail presented – the fashionable crossover will now feel better off-road

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Adaptive suspension increased ground clearance all terrain tires Lexus NX 2024

Lexus has announced the updated NX crossover in its home market in Japan. There are not so many innovations, and basically they are all concentrated in the Overtrail version, which is completely new for this model. This Lexus NX is the most off-road in the range.

Adaptive suspension, increased ground clearance, all-terrain tires.  Lexus NX 2024 Overtrail presented - the fashionable crossover will now feel better off-road

It’s certainly not nearly as extreme as the new Lexus GX Overtrail, but the NX Overtrail should perform better off-road thanks to new 18-inch alloy wheels shod with all-terrain tires. By the way, due to this, the ground clearance increased by 15 mm. The crossover also received special settings for the adaptive adjustable suspension, due to which the car should shake less on uneven surfaces.

Externally, the Lexus NX 2024 Overtrail can be easily distinguished by its combination paintwork with black elements (wheels, grille, door handles, mirror housings and roof rails) and a body painted in Moon Desert color.

Adaptive suspension, increased ground clearance, all-terrain tires.  Lexus NX 2024 Overtrail presented - the fashionable crossover will now feel better off-road

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Adaptive suspension, increased ground clearance, all-terrain tires.  Lexus NX 2024 Overtrail presented - the fashionable crossover will now feel better off-road

As part of overall updates for all 2024 Lexus NXs, engineers retuned the suspension for greater ride and comfort, and increased chassis rigidity by adding additional bracing. The sound insulation has also been improved. All models receive illuminated rear door handles, two USB-C ports on the center console, and the 14-inch touchscreen media system, previously only available on the top-end NX450h+, is now standard on the NX250 and NX350h models.

Adaptive suspension, increased ground clearance, all-terrain tires.  Lexus NX 2024 Overtrail presented - the fashionable crossover will now feel better off-road

The updated 2024 Lexus NX is now available to order in Japan. Prices start at $34,000 for a single-wheel drive NX250. The most expensive is the Lexus NX450h + Overtrail AWD for $51.3 thousand.

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