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Northern area of the "Oceanus Procellarum"  (Source: JAXA)

Western side of the "Oceanus Procellarum"

West side of the "Oceanus Procellarum"
JAXA and NHK worked together to publish a video taken by SELENE

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) recorded a high-definition video of the moon's surface with a high-definition TV acquisition system designed by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) broadcasting station.

The recorded film includes two different portions -- the first sequence was shot over the Oceanus Procellarum, located on the western
side of the moon.  The second half of the video shows a portion north
of Oceanus Procellarum as SELENE drifted towards the North Pole.

The Oceanus Procellarum is a large, dark "ocean" plane located in the northern hemisphere on the front side of the moon if looking from Earth.  It stretches almost 2,500 kilometers on the left end of the northern hemisphere.

The captured images are the first ever lunar images taken from about 100 kilometers above the moon's surface.

According to JAXA, SELENE is in good form and will continue to carry
out other scheduled missions.  JAXA is the largest lunar mission since
the famed U.S. Apollo mission more than 40 years ago.

The China's Chang'e 1 lunar orbiter successfully joined SELENE in the moon's orbit with images and data from Chang'e 1 expected later this month.




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