Everything lunar

Nasa may have launched its latest lunar probes last Thursday – and there’s an informative video on that mission below the fold – but the Japanese JAXA/KAGUYA (SELENE) probe has just ended its lunar mission, with a “maneuvered falling” to the Moon’s surface on 11th June. A brief flash of light was observed. They got some great photos on the way down though [scroll down]. Via the Professor. And here’s the stunning KAGUYA Earth-rise footage from 5 April 2008 [with English narration]. The 2007 Earth-rise footage, noted previously, is also below the fold, along with February’s solar eclipse by the Earth as viewed from lunar orbit, and Earth-set.

Here the JAXA/KAGUYA (SELENE) Earthrise footage from 7 November 2007.

JAXA/KAGUYA (SELENE) solar eclipse footage from lunar orbit 10 February 2009.

JAXA/KAGUYA (SELENE) HD footage of Earth-set.

And Nasa’s LRO webcast.

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  • The Raven

    I never tire of this footage. I hope you caught James May’s little trip on the U2 spyplane, Pete?

  • Pete Baker


    “I never tire of this footage.”

    Indeed. And good to see JAXA uploading the high definition versions to YouTube.

    I did watch the U2 spyplane trip. But I didn’t record it.

    If only it had been anyone but May..

  • Keith

    Gorgeous footage. James May’s show was one of the best things i’ve seen on the bbc this year.

    Also, I highly recommend Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith

  • Pete Baker
  • 6countyprod

    Thanks, Pete. That’s fantastic.