Monday, June 22, 2009

Images from a doomed Japanese lunar probe

Japan's first lunar orbiter, Kaguya, ended its two year mission this week with a suicide swan dive into the moon's surface. As the probe descended, it sent back some very cool images (Popular Science)…

Kaguya's objective was to learn more about the moon's origin and evolution, to measure its magnetic and gravitational fields, and set the stage for an unmanned moon lander in the next decade. (MSNBC) After that, Japan expects to land a manned spacecraft on the moon by 2025.

In case you missed it, here's a remarkable, high-def update of the Apollo-era Earthrise shot by Kaguya (

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