Status Report

Kaguya (Selene) Releases Relay Satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
October 9, 2007
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Kaguya (Selene) Releases Relay  Satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) performed the separation operation of one of the onboard baby satellites, the Relay Satellite (Rstar,) of the “KAGUYA” (SELENE,) and the Rstar was released at 9:36 a.m. on October 9 (Japan Standard Time, JST). The KAGUYA is a lunar explorer launched by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13 (H-IIA F13) on September 14, 2007 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. Both the KAGUYA and Rstar are confirmed to be in good health.

Images of the separation of the Rstar taken by the KAGUYA onboard camera are shown in Attachment 1.

In addition, Moon images taken by one of the KAGUYA’s onboard cameras, the high-gain antenna monitor camera, are also available in Attachment 2.

Attachment 1

Attachment 2

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