Kaguya (Selene) Lunar Observations by Terrain Camera and Multi-band Imager

Status Report From: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007



The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) carried out an observation using two onboard sensors of the Moon Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE,) the Terrain Camera (TC) and Multi-band Imager (MI,) on November 3, 2007, processed the acquired data, and confirmed they were functioning properly. The observation was part of the initial functional verification of the KAGUYA, which had been injected into the Moon's orbit at an altitude of about 100 km. In a global first, both three-dimensional (stereo) observations of the Moon by the TC with a 10-meter aerial resolution and a multi-band observations by the MI with a 20-meter aerial resolution of the Moon's backside and near polar were taken.

The satellite was confirmed to be in good health through telemetry data received at the Usuda Deep Space Center.

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