19 September 2008

The Moon in HDTV

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA) launched "KAGUYA (SELENE)" by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle at 10:31:01 a.m. on September 14, 2007 (JST) from Tanegashima Space Center. The major objectives of the "KAGUYA" mission are to obtain scientific data of the lunar origin and evolution and to develop the technology for the future lunar exploration. "KAGUYA" consists of a main orbiting satellite at about 100km altitude and two small satellites (Relay Satellite and VRAD Satellite) in polar orbit. The Moon´s surface is shot by the HDTV camera on board the Moon satellite.

HDTV movie showing the Earth rising over the horizon of the Moon on 7 November 2007.

HDTV movie showing the earthset above the Moon on 7 November 2007.