JAXA Produces Most Accurate Topographical Map of Moon; Team Wins Award

JAXA has published some really cool images of the lunar surface produced by its Kaguya (Selene) orbiter. These include:

  • Topographical map of the moon 10 times more accurate than any previous one.
  • “Full Earth-rise” without any wane. This is the first time that a high-definition image of the full Earth has been captured from space.
  • Images of the Apollo 11 landing site on Mare Tranquillitatis.

Belated congratulations are also in order: the Kaguya mission team was honored with a Laureate Award by Aviation Week & Space Technology last month. This is the first Japanese mission to be honored in such a way.