Japanese moon probe - KAGUYA (SELENE) high definition video

Posted: Nov 25, 2007

- my personal website -- The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched KAGUYA (SELENE) on September 14, 2007 from Tanegashima Space Center. Shown here is the first ever high-definition video of the Moon's surface, which was filmed by the probe in November. You can see the Earth rising about midway through the film. The major objectives of this mission are to obtain scientific data of the lunar origin and its evolution, and to develop the technology for future exploration. "KAGUYA" consists of a main orbiting satellite at about 100km altitude and two smaller satellites (Relay Satellite and VRAD Satellite) in polar orbit.