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Friday, October 05, 2007

KAGUYA (SELENE) - Lunar orbit injection was confirmed

To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond, well at least TO THE MOON.
KAGUYA is in orbit around the Moon.

I have missed the news with doing homework with the grandchildren.
Did it make the six o'clock news?
Were they jumping up and down in Time's Square?
Is this going to be a repeat of the Apollo Missions, Ho Hum, yeah, if
you say so?

Come on, get excited!
Soon to release two smaller satellites.
- LRK -



*The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)* launched *"KAGUYA
(SELENE)" *by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle at 10:31:01 a.m. on September 17,
2007 (JST) from Tanegashima Space Center. The major objectives of the
"KAGUYA" mission are to obtain scientific data of the lunar origin and
evolution and to develop the technology for the future lunar
exploration. *"KAGUYA"* consists of a main orbiting satellite at about
100km altitude and two small satellites (Relay Satellite and VRAD
Satellite) in polar orbit. The orbiters will carry instruments for
scientific investigation of the Moon, on the Moon, and from the Moon.


... and to develop the technology for the future lunar exploration.

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

Larry Kellogg

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Result of the Lunar Orbit Injection Maneuver (LOI1)
- Lunar orbit injection was confirmed -

October 5, 2007 (JST)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) performed the lunar
orbit injection maneuver (LOI1) for the "KAGUYA" (SELENE) at 6:20 a.m.
on October 4, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST.) The KAGUYA is a lunar
explorer launched by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13 (H-IIA F13) on
September 14, 2007 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. As a
result of the orbit calculation after the maneuver, we have confirmed
that the KAGUYA was injected into the following lunar orbit.
The satellite is confirmed to be in good health.

Injected orbit
Apogee altitude 11,741 km
Perigee altitude 101 km
Period 16 hours 42 minutes

We are now pleased to be able to report to you that we have safely
delivered messages and signs that were collected from 412,627 people
around the world through the Wish upon the Moon Campaign and engraved
on the sheets to be aboard the KAGUYA to the Moon. We would like to
express our profound appreciation to all perticipants and hope your
continued support to the KAGUYA mission.
You can also check this information on the following Special Site:

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Japan's probe satellite put into orbit around moon. 2007-10-05 11:08:28
TOKYO, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Japan's first lunar probe satellite was
successfully put into orbit around the moon, the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA) said Friday.

The agency announced that the Selenological and Engineering Explorer was
injected into a lunar orbit with an Apogee altitude of 11,741 km and an
Perigee altitude of 101 km. Its period is 16 hours and 42 minutes.

The satellite, dubbed "Kaguya" after Japanese ancient fable, was lift
off on Sept. 14 with a H-2A rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in
Japan's southern Kagoshima prefecture. The agency performed the lunar
orbit injection maneuver on Oct. 4.

Kaguya Now the Moon's Captive
So far, so good.

Early today Japanese space officials confirmed that the Kaguya
spacecraft, launched three weeks ago, has slipped into lunar orbit as
planned. Yesterday an onboard rocket fired at 6:20 a.m. (Japan Standard
Time), allowing the craft to settle into a looping 16.7-hour polar orbit
that ranges in altitude from 63 miles (101 km) to 7,296 miles (11,741 km)

A brief press release posted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
notes that "the satellite is confirmed to be in good health."

Kaguya, named for a mythical lunar princess, represents Japan's first
dedicated lunar mission since 1990. Over the next few days it'll release
two smaller satellites: one will be tracked carefully to map the Moon's
gravity, and the other will serve as a radio relay.


In today's space news from SpaceRef:

-- Mikulski Delivers on Commitment to Pay NASA Back, Includes $1 Billion in
-- Senate Passes Mikulski-Hutchison Amendment to Add $1 Billion in NASA Funding
"U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce
Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics and Related Sciences, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski
(D-MD), the Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriation (CJS) Subcommittee,
today passed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 CJS appropriations bill to provide
$1 billion in additional funding for NASA. The funding will reimburse the agency for costs
incurred for returning the Space Shuttle to flight status following the Columbia disaster and
implementing recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board."

-- NASA Scientist Available for Interviews About New Jupiter Findings
"What NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft found when it flew by Jupiter
on Feb. 28, 2007, stunned scientists who now are releasing more information in nine journal
articles in Science."

-- Result of Selene's Lunar Orbit Injection Maneuver
"The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) performed the lunar orbit
injection maneuver (LOI1) for the "KAGUYA" (SELENE) at 6:20 a.m. on October 4, 2007 (Japan Standard
Time, JST.) "

Jeroen Lapre' is working on short film that takes place on the Moon. - LRK -
Dear Maelstrom II cast, crew, consultants, and friends,

now that a 3rd of the edit is locked, we have finally posted the first
match-a-mation task for this project!

If you know of any Maya match-a-mators that would be willing to
volunteer, please let me know.





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