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KAGUYA lunar explorer (aka SELENE)
lyford
post Sep 13 2007, 11:39 PM
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http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f13/live/index_e.html
It's there somewheres.... smile.gif
Sorry

This is it:

http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f13/live/weblive_e.html

No word if Lipovitan will sponsor coverage.


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post Sep 13 2007, 11:48 PM
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...thanks, Ly, and wouldn't you know it: I just found it & was coming back to post that same link! biggrin.gif (I gotta be less lazy...)

Coverage should start approx. 45 minutes from now (currently 2349 GMT 13 Sept).

EDIT: Kaguya coverage is live now here! Can't understand a syllable except for "hai", but GO KAGUYA!!!!!

First time I've missed the ex in awhile...she could've translated!

EDIT2: Wow...they just showed a shot of what appeared to be a crowd of people in a shopping mall or something watching the coverage on a big TV...seems as if there's a lot of domestic public interest, which is always great to see!

EDIT3: She's up!!! SWEET launch so far...most beautiful launch site ever on a wave-breaking beach, and the high temp (29 deg C) plus undoubtedly high humidity produced this amazing shockwave donut of condensation around the payload fairing that stretched & transformed into a cylinder during max Q...really remarkable, never seen the like before. That H-2 has some serious juice! External cam showed the horizon of the Earth briefly, then cut to commentators...so far, running sweet & true.


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post Sep 14 2007, 01:42 AM
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It's up! I blogged what I could from the English translation.. Now I have to go put the baby to bed. If anybody sees anything new on the status can you please please post it here?

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post Sep 14 2007, 02:19 AM
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10:20 PM EDT: Payload separation!

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post Sep 14 2007, 02:34 AM
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...and that's it for the commentary. Nothing new on the launch site home page yet. Cherilynn has promised me updates and pictures from Tokyo, though, so hopefully tonight or tomorrow I'll have more...

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post Sep 14 2007, 02:44 AM
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Got to love that low-tech approach to illustrating the launch vehicle's progress on the broadcast - a hand held clipboard with stickers for each phase (e.g. 1st stage separation) that were peeled away one by one!

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post Sep 14 2007, 02:54 AM
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That was pretty funny. It was a bit Python-esque -- for reasons I can't quite explain, it reminded me of the French Sheep sketch.

And when they were outside, with the hardhats, it reminded me of Japanese game shows -- I kept expecting one of the men to suddenly have to go through some "challenge."

There's something about Japan that gets utterly lost upon translation to English. Beyond foreign, it's alien. I know there are some Japanese readers of this forum -- I would love to know from one of them if Americans appear inexplicable and alien to you. And -- are Europeans less so? Or more so?

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post Sep 14 2007, 04:05 AM
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biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
Anybody know what the little orange bobbing head guy on the bottom left was? Jaxa Mascot? Generic Cute Japanese Icon?


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post Sep 14 2007, 08:15 AM
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QUOTE (lyford @ Sep 14 2007, 01:05 PM) *
[img]Anybody know what the little orange bobbing head guy on the bottom left was? Jaxa Mascot? Generic Cute Japanese Icon?


Nohohon zoku.
... Ah, my English is poor to explain it. See Wikipedia, sorry. sad.gif
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post Sep 14 2007, 09:33 AM
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When are these two orbits going to be completed and when the lunar injection burn is going to occur?
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post Sep 14 2007, 10:05 AM
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Is there a replay of that spectacular launch somewhere?


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post Sep 14 2007, 10:14 AM
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Yes, it's available on nasaspaceflight.com
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post Sep 14 2007, 10:22 AM
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Hi!

This is the video of the JAXA program for the Selene launch:

http://www.sondasespaciales.com/public/arc...7%20-%20Jai.asf

(311 MB - ASF)

The flag: 0h5m30sec laugh.gif
Launch with a looooooong countdown: 0h47m (poor quality) mad.gif
Launch Replay: 1h36m (good quality) tongue.gif

Hai-counter now in: 3827 blink.gif
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post Sep 14 2007, 02:05 PM
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Will Kaguya arrive at Moon within 3 days? Haven't found the Kaguya's mission timing. sad.gif
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post Sep 14 2007, 03:18 PM
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from Spaceflightnow article

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SELENE will fire its largest thruster to propel itself toward the moon after completing two-and-a-half circuits around Earth. The probe will slip into an initial elliptical polar orbit around the moon about 20 days after launch, according to JAXA spokesman Satoki Kurokawa.

I can't wait for the HD camera pics of earth rise smile.gif
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