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Kind: Lunar orbiter

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: JAXA

Instruments: X-ray Spectrometer (XRS) gamma-ray spectrometer (GRS) Multi-band Imager (MI) Spectral Profiler (SP) Terrain Camera (TC) Lunar Radar Sounder (LRS) Laser Altimeter (LALT) Lunar Magnetometer (LMAG) Charged Particle Spectrometer (CPS) Plasma energy Angle and Composition Experiment (PACE) Radio Science (RS) Upper-atmosphere and Plasma Imager (UPI) Relay Satellite aboard Okina (RSAT) VLBI Radio source aboard Okina and Ouna (VRAD) High Definition Television cameras (HDTV)



Duration: 1 year and 9 months (launch date to decay date)

Mission Ending

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson


Rocket: H-IIA 2022 F13

Kind: JAXA

Manufacturer: NEC Toshiba Space Systems

Mass: 2,914 kilograms (6,424 lb)

Launch Site: Tanegashima Yoshinobu 1


"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun


Reference System: Selenocentric

1º Orbit: Lunar


"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux

SELENE (/ˈsɛlɪniː/, Selenological and Engineering Explorer), better known in Japan by its nickname Kaguya (かぐや), was the second Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft following the Hiten probe. Produced by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) and the National Space Development Agency (NASDA), the spacecraft was launched on September 14, 2007. After successfully orbiting the Moon for a year and eight months, the main orbiter was instructed to impact on the lunar surface near the crater Gill on June 10, 2009.