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Last Photos of the Moon Captured by the HDTV Camera Aboard KAGUYA (SELENE)

By SpaceRef Editor
June 19, 2009
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Last Photos of the Moon Captured by the HDTV Camera Aboard KAGUYA (SELENE)

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.

The series of continued shots was taken with an interval of about one minute by the HDTV (Teltephoto) while the KAGUYA was maneuvered to decrease its altitude toward the impact position (around GILL crater.)

We can see the approaching Moon surface as the KAGUYA went closer to it. After the final image, the KAGUYA moved into the shaded area to make its final landing, thus it was pitch dark while taking an image. This is the very final image shooting of the Moon by the KAGUYA HDTV.

You can enjoy images taken by the KAGUYA HDTV through JAXA Digital Archives, the KAGUYA Image Gallery, and the JAXA channel on YouTube.

JAXA Website Digital Archives

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JAXA KAGUYA Image Gallery>

YouTube JAXA Channel

NHK Website Kaguya Archives

Attachment: The very final images taken by the HDTV (Teltephoto)

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