December 6, 2007

Fly Me to the Moon...

I've been putting up various photos from the Japanese satellite Kaguya (Selene) that's orbiting the moon (see here and here). I've just discovered, courtesy of LPOD, a nine-minute video taken by the satellite's high-definition television camera.

The following video is a series of short video clips taken from orbit as Kaguya passes overhead. The entire video is rather disjointed to watch, and it has no soundtrack; however, the video does has some very amazing footage of lunar landscapes from both the near side and the far side of the moon (for example, the crater Tsiolkovskiy and Mare Moscoviense (Moscow Sea). (There are also a number of unintentionally amusing uses of "Japlish" for the captions; for example, "Mid-latitudes of South" instead of "southern mid-latitudes.") And, best of all, there's a dramatic Earthrise at the very end of the video.

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