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Mission Profile

Name (pre-launch in parentheses) KAGUYA (SELENE)
International Designation Code 2007-039A
Objectives The major objectives of the KAGUYA (SELENE) mission are to obtain scientific data on lunar origins and evolution, and to develop the technology for future lunar exploration. The scientific data will be also used for exploring the possibility of future utilization of the Moon.
Launch Date September 14, 2007
Location Tanegashima Space Center
Launch Vehicle
System Configuration KAGUYA consists of the main orbiter and two sub satellites (Relay satellite and VRAD satellite).
Main orbite Configuration 3t, 2.1m x 2.1m x 4.8m

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Observation Orbit Circular orbit, Altitude: 100 km, Inclination: 90°
Attitude Control Method Three-axis stabilized
Relay satellite (Rstar) Configuration 50 kg, 1 m x 1 m x 0.65 m
Orbit Elliptical orbit (100 km x 2400 km), Inclination:90°
Attitude Control Method Spin-stabilized
VRAD satellite (Vstar) Configuration 50 kg,1 m x 1 m x 0.65 m
Orbit Elliptical orbit (100 km x 800 km), Inclination: 90°
Attitude Control Method Spin-stabilized
Scientific Instruments
  1. X-ray spectrometer (XRS)
  2. Gamma-ray spectrometer (GRS)
  3. Multiband imager (MI)
  4. Spectral profiler (SP)
  5. Terrain camera (TC)
  6. Lunar radar sounder (LRS)
  7. Laser altimeter (LALT)
  8. Lunar magnetometer (LMAG)
  9. Charged particle spectrometer (CPS)
  10. Plasma energy angle and composition experiment (PACE)
  11. Radio science (RS)
  12. Upper atmosphere and plasma imager (UPI)
  13. Four-way doppler measurements by relay satellite and main orbiter transponder (RSAT)
  14. Differential VLBI radio source (VRAD)
  15. High definition television (HDTV)
Reentered Date June 11, 2009 (Maneuvered falling to the Moon)