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KAGUYA lunar explorer (aka SELENE)
Rakhir
post Jun 6 2007, 08:29 PM
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SELENE has now a nickname : KAGUYA.
http://www.jaxa.jp/topics/2007/06_e.html

Edit :
And Emily searched for the origin of the name
http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00000996/
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post Jun 7 2007, 02:01 AM
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QUOTE (Rakhir @ Jun 7 2007, 06:29 AM) *
SELENE has now a nickname : KAGUYA.
http://www.jaxa.jp/topics/2007/06_e.html

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And Emily searched for the origin of the name
http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00000996/

I notice that the blog writer Leonard David at livescience.com has come to a similar conclusion. He points out that the name "Kaguya" is from an ancient Japanese tale 'Taketori Monogatari' - the tale of the Bamboo-Cutter which involves Princess Kaguya, the Moon Princess."

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post Jun 18 2007, 08:14 PM
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Kaguya Approaches Launch
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post Jun 25 2007, 03:28 PM
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How are they going to insert this into polar orbit? Given the mass of the hardware and to capabilities of the rocket I don't see how they are going to achieve this.
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post Jun 26 2007, 04:20 AM
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The Moon's gravity can be used to effect the plane change for entering a polar orbit around the Moon.
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post Jul 28 2007, 10:49 PM
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Seems like the new launch date is September 13. So not a big delay for Kaguya. (But already very hostile press blink.gif )
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post Jul 29 2007, 01:32 AM
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Is there a source somewhere on the Internet for that date? (Even if it's in Japanese?)

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post Jul 29 2007, 03:35 AM
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sorry I forgot:
for the September 13 date:
http://msdb.honeywell-tsi.com/launches.asp

also JAXA released a small report which says they pushed the launch to September since they need around one month of repair.: http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2007/07/20070725_sac_kaguya.pdf
So this not such a big delay.
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post Jul 30 2007, 11:51 AM
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http://msdb.honeywell-tsi.com/missioninfo....n=SELENE/Kaguya
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NET 9/13/2007, 0135:47Z

FYI, Note that it's Not Earlier Than 9/13/2007.
The new launch window for KAGUYA is 9/13/2007-9/21/2007.
(anyway, Sept. 13 is the most probable day, I think.)
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post Jul 31 2007, 08:30 AM
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The nice thing about lunar missions is that if you miss a launch window, you only have to wait a month for the next one to come along.
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post Sep 11 2007, 05:09 AM
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Lots of photos of Kaguya being prepped for launch:

http://jda.jaxa.jp/jda/p3_e.php?time=N&...mp;mission=4067

(Want to blog these but Cassini has to stop sending so many great photos from Iapetus first!)

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post Sep 11 2007, 10:10 AM
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It will be delayed by a day due to bad weather, new launch date from Tanegashima is Sep. 14 Friday
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post Sep 13 2007, 07:48 PM
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A little more than 5 hours before launch... Godspeed, Kaguya!


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post Sep 13 2007, 08:35 PM
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post Sep 13 2007, 11:36 PM
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I don't suppose anyone knows of a live link for the launch...? Don't know if JAXA customarily does this or not.


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