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October 2007


October 31, 2007 Updated

KAGUYA deployed LMAG mast and LRS antennas

The "KAGUYA"(SELENE,) flying around the moon, successfully extended the Lunar Magnetometer (LMAG) mast and Lunar Radar Sounder (LRS) antennas, and deployed the Upper Atmosphere and Plasma Imager (UPI.)
(Photo:  LMAG mast and LRS antenna shot by the monitor camera to confirm the separation of two baby satellites)


October 21, 2007 Updated

"KAGUYA" moves to regular control mode

The lunar explorer “KAGUYA” (SELENE), which successfully separated its two baby satellites, has been shifted to the regular control mode to observe the Moon's surface by having the observation equipment face the moon at all times.
From now on, the satellite will move to the initial functional verification phase to check out its onboard equipment until mid December. After that, it will start regular observations.
Photo: Moon’s surface shot by the monitor camera of the main satellite from the regular observation orbit.


October 12, 2007 Updated

KAGUYA releases VRAD satellite
"OKINA" and "OUNA" were selected as the nicknames

The lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) released one of its onboard baby satellites, the VRAD satellite, at 1:28 p.m. on Oct. 12 (Japan Standard Time.)
"OKINA" and "OUNA" were respectively chosen as nicknames for the Relay satellite and the VRAD satellite in relation with Princess KAGUYA from the Japanese old tale "Taketori Monogatari" (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.)
The KAGUYA will further lower its apocynthion altitude to be injected into the circular orbit at an altitude of 100 km.


October 10, 2007 Updated

"KIZUNA" chosen as nickname for "WINDS"!

The Wideband InterNetworking engineering Test and Demonstration Satellite (WINDS) is a super-high speed Internet satellite scheduled to be launched in the coming Winter launch season.
As a result of asking the public to nominate a nickname for it, 9,657 suggestions were received in total. Among them, "KIZUNA," meaning "ties" or "bonds," was chosen after 452 nominations for it were received, indicating the strong hope for the satellite to play the role of bonding people.
The "KIZUNA" is now undergoing its final verification test at the Tsukuba Space Center. Its launch operations will start in early November at the Tanegasima Space Center.


October 9, 2007 Updated

KAGUYA took images of the Moon and released the Rstar

On October 9, the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) released one of its onboard baby satellites, the Relay satellite (Rstar,) at 9:36 a.m.(Japan Standard Time) In addition, the KAGUYA onboard camera to monitor its high-gain antenna captured images of the Moon's surface. The KAGUYA will further lower the altitude of its apocynthion to separate the other babysatellite, the VRAD satellite.


October 5, 2007 Updated

KAGUYA (SELENE) Lunar Orbit Injection was confirmed

JAXA performed the lunar orbit injection maneuver (LOI1) for the "KAGUYA" (SELENE) at 6:20 a.m. on October 4, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST) and have confirmed that the KAGUYA was injected into the lunar orbit.
We are now pleased to be able to report to you that we have safely delivered messages and signs that were collected from 412,627 people through the Wish upon the Moon Campaign to the Moon. We would like to express our profound appreciation again to all participants.
The "KAGUYA" is now flying in the lunar elliptical orbit at the apocynthion altitude of 11,741 km and pericynthian altitude of 101 km. From now on, it is scheduled to release the Relay satellite first, then the VRAD satellite.


October 1, 2007 Updated

KAGUYA (SELENE) Successful Image Taking by the High Definition Television (HDTV)

JAXA and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have successfully taken high definition moving images through the KAGUYA (SELENE) for the first time.
The images were taken by the KAGUYA’s onboard High Definition Television (HDTV), which was developed by NHK for space use. It is the first high-definition image shooting of the Earth from so deep in space - about 110,000 km away from the Earth - in human history.