June 29, 2009

Kaguya's Last Orbit of the Moon

All good things must come to an end. Occasionally, I've blogged about the Japanese spacecraft Selene, aka Kaguya, this being my fifth post to date. However, as planned, Kaguya crashed into the Moon very recently, on June 11th. The below video is a very clear movie from Kaguya's last orbit of the Moon. Although it's difficult to gauge the distance between the Moon and Kaguya, obviously Kaguya very narrowly misses plowing into some hilly terrain on its way down.

The last photographs taken by Kaguya can be found here

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