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Last shots captured by the Kaguya HD camera

Kaguya in orbit around the Moon. Credits: Akihiro Ikeshita/JAXA

[JAXA Press Release - 19.06.2009]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) would like to release the final still images taken by the onboard High Definition Television (HDTV) of the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" just prior to its maneuvered falling to the Moon. The images are attached below. The KAGUYA was launched on September 14, 2007, and was controlled to be dropped to the Moon on June 11, 2009, as its mission was completed.

Kaguya impacts the Moon

Kaguya impact location. Credits: JAXA

[JAXA Press Release - ]
JAXA maneuvered the lunar explorer “KAGUYA” (SELENE) main orbiter to drop it onto the following location on the Moon surface to complete its Moon observation mission.
The KAGUYA conducted nominal operations for about 10 months then an extended operational phase for about seven and a half months after being launched on September 14, 2007.

Date and time: at 3: 25 a.m. on June 11, 2009 (Japan Standard Time)

New Kaguya video available

Kaguya HD footage of the Moon. Credits: JAXA/NHK

A new video of Mare Moscoviense taken by Kaguya has recently been released at http://wms.selene.jaxa.jp/selene_viewer/jpn/observation_mission/tc/tc_030.html. The website has been renewed, and the video is now available for download.

Kaguya Image Taking of "Full Earth-Rise" by HDTV

Earth-rise seen from Kaguya. Credits: JAXA/NHK

[JAXA Press Release - 09.10.2008]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) successfully captured a movie of the "Full Earth-Rise"*1 using the onboard High Definition Television (HDTV) of the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) on September 30, 2008 (Japan Standard Time, JST, all the following dates and time are JST.) The KAGUYA is currently flying in a lunar orbit at an altitude of about 100 km.

The "halo" area around Apollo 15 landing site observed by Terrain Camera on Kaguya

Kaguya HD footage of the Moon. Credits: JAXA/NHK

[JAXA Press Release - 20.05.2008]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reported on the "halo" generated by the Apollo 15* lunar module engine exhaust plume that was detected in the data from Terrain Camera (TC) image.

This was an image processed by the SELENE mission instrument team from the observation data of the Apollo 15 landing site on the moon (the foot of the Apennine Mountains encircling the Mare Imbrium close to Hadley Rille). This is the world's first report on the detection of the "halo" through observations after the end of the Apollo program.

JAXA and NHK releases HD videos from Kaguya

Earth-rise seen from Kaguya. Credits: JAXA/NHK

JAXA and NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Company, has recently released HD videos of Earth-rise and -set from the moon. The videos are available in 1280x720 pixel resolution are are each about a minute long.

The download page is currently in Japanese only, but you should be able to view the videos by clicking on the icon saying "2 Mbps" below the topmost images. Two videos are currently available, and two more will be available soon.

Kaguya transition to operation phase

Kaguya in orbit around the Moon. Credits: Akihiro Ikeshita/JAXA

[JAXA Press Release - 21.12.2007]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is pleased to announce that the operation phase of the lunar explorer, KAGUYA (SELENE), was transitioned to normal operations from its initial check out on December 21 (Japan Standard Time, all the following dates and time are JST), 2007 as we were able to acquire satisfactory verification results for all fifteen observation missions. The results are shown in the following chart.

3D movies from Kaguya released

3D image of the Moon surface from Kaguya. Credits: JAXA

[JAXA Press Release - 28.11.2007]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully demonstrated production of stereo movies (3 dimensional movies) of the Moon surface by using stereoscopic images obtained with the Terrain Camera (TC) onboard KAGUYA on Nov. 3, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST). This verification was performed as part of the initial check out of mission instruments onboard "KAGUYA" (SELENE), which was injected into the Moon's orbit at an altitude of about 100 km. These are the first 3-D movies of the Moon including its polar areas with an aerial resolution of 10 meters.

Kaguya Observation by Terrain Camera and Multi-band Imager

3D image of the Moon surface from Kaguya. Credits: JAXA

[JAXA Press Release - 16.11.2007]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) carried out an observation using two onboard sensors of Kaguya: the Terrain Camera (TC) and Multi-band Imager (MI,) on November 3, 2007, processed the acquired data, and confirmed they were functioning properly. The observation was part of the initial functional verification of the Kaguya, which had been injected into the Moon's orbit at an altitude of about 100 km. In a global first, both three-dimensional (stereo) observations of the Moon by the TC with a 10-meter aerial resolution and a multi-band observations by the MI with a 20-meter aerial resolution of the Moon's backside and near polar were taken.

Earth-rise filmed from Kaguya

Earth-rise seen from Kaguya. Credits: JAXA/NHK

[JAXA Press Release - 13.11.2007]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have successfully performed the world's first high-definition image taking of an Earth-rise* by the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE,) which was injected into a lunar orbit at an altitude of about 100 km on October 18, 2007 (Japan Standard Time. Following times and dates are all JST.)

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