Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kaguya scheduled to slam into the Moon today

Japan is set to further its investigation of the lunar surface later today when it crashes an orbiter into the regolith. The spacecraft, actually named Selene, was launched in 2007, and is one of two JAXA lunar probes says:

"The Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya has completed its main mission. But there's one final scientific endeavor: It will slam into lunar surface at about 2:30 p.m. ET (18:30 UT) today."

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has set its sights on further lunar exploration, including an eventual colony.

The exact crash details are available here. You might be able to see the debris cloud, if you have a big enough telescope.

You can read more about the JAXA lunar plans here.

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