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Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency has successfully positioned their KAGUYA spacecraft, fitted with an HD camera, in a successful orbit around the moon. These are the first High Definition images ever taken of the moon.
The SELenological and ENgineering Explorer "KAGUYA"(SELENE), Japan’s first large lunar explorer, was launched by the H-IIA rocket on September 14, 2007 (JST). The mission, which is the largest lunar mission since the Apollo program, is being keenly anticipated by many countries.
The major objectives of the mission are to understand the Moon’s origin and evolution, and to observe the moon in various ways in order to utilize it in the future.
View mission pdf file [bilingual] (right click to download)