Kaguya Lunar Probe to Strike Moon on June 11

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JAXA MISSION UPDATE

The KAGUYA, who carried out its regular operations for about 10 months and post-operational observations for about 8 and half months, is scheduled to be maneuvered to be dropped near GILL Crater (around 80 degrees east longitude and 63 degrees south latitude) on the moon’s front-side surface at 3:30 a.m. on June 11 (Japan Standard Time.)

As the KAGUYA’s expected landing position is in the shade on the Moon, we many be able to witness some flash from its collision; therefore, we are now informing all related organizations both in Japan and overseas of its falling time and location.

Please note that the KAGUYA’s falling time and location are subject to change as we further analyze its orbit and conditions.