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HD Earthrise Set to Yuko Tsuchiya’s “Furusato”

September 12, 2011

I came across this video on JAXA’s YouTube channel. HD footage of Earthrise taken by the Kaguya lunar orbiter, set to Yuko Tsuchiya’s “Furusato” (Hometown). They go together beautifully, in my opinion. I recommend watching it at full screen.

The actual name of the orbiter was SELENE (Selenological and Engineering Explorer), but it was given the nickname Kaguya after the Moon Princess of Japanese legend. The craft reached the moon in late 2007, where it orbited for just over a year and a half, gathering some incredible HD footage of the moon’s surface from an altitude of 100km. In June 2009, the mission completed, the craft was guided down to a controlled impact with the lunar surface.

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