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JAXA and NHK release one of the greatest videos from space to date

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) followed up their release of several images with the announcement a high-definition video of the Earth rising.

In orbit around 62 miles above the lunar surface, the lunar orbiter used an HDTV camera to capture the video on November 7, 2007.  This notably is the first time an Earth-rise was captured by a high-definition camera.

The images and videos are part of JAXA's Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) lunar exploration project.  JAXA hopes SELENE will help gather scientific information of where the moon came from and how it has evolved over a long period.  NHK helped JAXA develop the HD camera used aboard SELENE.

The satellite continues to be in "good health through telemetry data received at the Usada station."

A direct link to the video can be found by clicking here, and this is the full JAXA press release describing the video.

Interested readers can look forward to future JAXA SELENE and China Chang'e 1 images and videos in the future, as both space organizations continue to conduct lunar research.




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