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KAGUYA Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: KAGUYA, initially named SELENE (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer) was a Japanese mission to map the Moon's surface and study lunar origins and evolution. It also carried two smaller satellites to study the Moon's gravity and ionosphere. This mission served as an engineering test for future deep space missions.

Accomplishments: KAGUYA concluded a successful two year mission of lunar exploration with a planned impact on the lunar surface. The impact plume was observed by Earth-based telescopes.

Key Dates
14 Sep 2007:  Launch
10 Jun 2009:  Lunar Impact (18:25 UT)
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
KAGUYA Facts KAGUYA is named for Kaguya-hime (Princess Kaguya), a visitor to Earth from the Moon in a 10th century Japanese folk tale "Taketori Monogatari" (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter).

The mission's impact with the Moon was observed by Earth-based telescopes.

The relay satellites, "Okina" and "Ouna" are named after the old man and woman who find and adopt Kaguya-hime.
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Last Updated: 14 Dec 2010