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December 2007

December 21, 2007 Updated

KAGUYA (SELENE): Shifting to Regular Operations

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is pleased to announce that the operation mode of the lunar explorer, KAGUYA (SELENE), was shifted to regular operations from its initial verification on December 21, 2007 (Japan Standard Time) as we were able to acquire satisfactory verification results for all fifteen observation missions. JAXA had been conducting an initial functional verification of the KAGUYA onboard equipment for about two months since the KAGUYA was injected into a lunar orbit at an altitude of about 100 km on Oct 18, 2007. From now on, we will perform observation of the Moon's surface for about ten months to acquire data on "Moon Science" and other studies.

December 5, 2007 Updated

Launch day set for "KIZUNA"
KIZUNA Special Site is now open!

The launch day of the super high-speed Internet satellite "KIZUNA" (WINDS) by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 14 (H-IIA F14) has been set at February 15, 2008. The launch time is between 4:27 and 4:39 p.m.(Japan Standard Time, JST.)
The "KIZUNA/H-IIA F14 Launch Special Site" is also now open. Please enjoy updated information on the "KIZUNA" and "H-IIA F14" through the special site.