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Japan Moon Probe Snaps First Photos 184

Posted by samzenpus
from the space-godzilla dept.
mrcgran writes "Space.com reports, "Almost one month after Japan's successful launch of the Kaguya lunar probe, the unmanned observatory has begun its first major activities in orbit around the moon. In addition to snapping its first lunar images, the probe jettisoned one of two 110-pound (50-kilogram) "baby" satellites that will help create a detailed gravity map of the moon." 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."
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Japan Moon Probe Snaps First Photos

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  • Not me. (Score:4, Funny)

    by plover (150551) * on Thursday October 11, 2007 @12:55AM (#20936305) Homepage Journal
    I, for one, am sick to death of welcoming 50 kilogram robotic overlord after 50 kilogram robotic overlord, only to have them fly off to the moon after a month or so, leaving us high, dry, and overlordless back here on Earth!
  • Prettier webpage (Score:5, Informative)

    by Sentri (910293) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @12:57AM (#20936313) Homepage
    More user friendly version here: http://www.selene.jaxa.jp/index_e.htm [selene.jaxa.jp]
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Whiteox (919863)
      So they sent up a moon satellite with a B&W camera?
      That's pretty dumb... but at least they put a blue filter on it to make it like a movie.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by fbjon (692006)
        What do you mean B&W? It's a satellite for science, not for human comfort. Besides, it's not B&W anyway.
        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by DreamingReal (216288)
          Besides, it's not B&W anyway.



          Then it's obviously a fraud perpetrated by the Japanese. As a user of Google Moon, I am well aware of the fact that the Moon is yellow at high resolutions.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Guysmiley777 (880063)
        The cameras on the Mars Rovers are "B&W" as well. They just image in three different wavelengths and combine them to get the color images.
  • by BadAnalogyGuy (945258) <BadAnalogyGuy@gmail.com> on Thursday October 11, 2007 @12:58AM (#20936319)
    Nothing like a freaking high gain antenna smack-dab in the middle of every freaking shot.
  • by ChangeOnInstall (589099) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @01:09AM (#20936389)
    ....did they find our fake moon landing set yet?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Tablizer (95088)
      did they find our fake moon landing set yet?

      Their probe is using the same studio, so of course they'll find it all right there as expected.
           
  • by The Tonester (1162829) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @01:12AM (#20936401)
    Perhaps the Japanese can provide some unbiased evidence of the (alleged?) moon landing site. Put those pesky theories to rest...
    • by RuBLed (995686) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @01:25AM (#20936459)
      Conspiracy theories are designed to persist even against overwhelming evidence against it.
    • by davmoo (63521)
      Nah, won't change a thing. The "it was faked" whack-jobs will just swear up and down that the American government bought off the Japanese to doctor the photos, the American government doctored the photos themselves, or that the Japanese lunar mission itself is fake.
    • by evanbd (210358)

      XKCD [xkcd.com] put it quite eloquently. These are not theories that any amount of rational evidence or logic will refute.

    • by niklash (1134135) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @03:22AM (#20936943)
      There already is.

      Why don't people think of the soviets?
      The one country on earth that desperatly wanted usa to fail.
      The one country that had the technology to check if there really was a spaceship flying to the moon.

      If there was anything even remotely fishy about the moon landing they would complain to no end.

      And still they said nothing. They diden't even *try* to discredit the moon landing.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Xiaran (836924)
        They diden't even *try* to discredit the moon landing.

        And *thats* what makes the whole thing so suspicious! :)
        • And *thats* what makes the whole thing so suspicious! :)
          I heard something in my brain pop and now I smell burning hair. I think you gave me a stroke.
    • by Mattsson (105422)
      If a reliable source can verify the landing-sites, it's obvious proof that the US government secretly has launched unmanned probes to set up faked landing-sites on the moon. =)
      Complete with fake moon-boot print makers and all.

      For real. No lie.
      • by nschubach (922175)
        I wish I hadn't commented on this story yet. I definitely would have dropped a mod point on that post... :)
    • But how would fake photos from a make-believe moon probe prove anything? :)
  • Is it me or... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by BTWR (540147) <americangibor3@yah o o .com> on Thursday October 11, 2007 @01:57AM (#20936621) Homepage Journal
    Is there also an air of nerdy excitement about this new-sorta "Space Race II" (new character... Asia!) in the rest of you guys too?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by mstahl (701501)

      On the moon, nerds are spanked with moon-rocks!

    • Nah. I don't generally get excited about internet memes.
    • by Mattsson (105422)
      The highly competitive sport of Space Race [acc.umu.se] is always exiting.
    • >Is there also an air of nerdy excitement about this new-sorta "Space Race II"
      >(new character... Asia!) in the rest of you guys too?

      Yes, but also I have this nagging fear that we won't be able to dominate like we used to. We're lazier and more expensive than we used to be.
      • by bkr1_2k (237627)
        More to the point, though, do we even want to dominate this particular race? Getting to the moon [again] is a big deal, but is it worth the effort? Unless we're going to develop a lunar base, what would be the point of racing to the moon again? We've already proven we could do it with technology from 40 years ago, why would doing it again really prove anything?

        Certainly it would generate some new technologies and possibly even support for the space program, but our current space program is so wrapped up
    • by raduf (307723)

      If Asia's one contender in the race, who's the other?
  • Kaguya Hime (Score:5, Informative)

    by Bonker (243350) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @02:07AM (#20936669)
    Princess Kaguya is the traditional main character in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter [wikipedia.org]. She's something of a Japanese 'Tom Thumb'.

    Kaguya is a golden-haired princess sent to the Earth from her Moon kingdom to learn about the joys and sadness of life. In various versions of the tale, she's required to return to the moon once she reaches adulthood.

    Anime fans will note that the 'Moon Princess' motif is used repeatedly in modern stories, such as 'Sailor Moon', 'Mammotte Syugogetten' and more recently, 'Oh, Edo Rocket!'.
    • by giorgiofr (887762)
      And don't forget Shingetsutan Tsukihime, even though it had some kind of fallen angel connotation as well.
  • HD (Score:5, Interesting)

    by FrostedWheat (172733) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @02:51AM (#20936853)
    These pictures are fairly low quality, probably from an engineering camera rather than a scientific one.
    One thing I noticed on the website is that they also carry an HDTV camera [www.jaxa.jp]! Can't wait to see some nice HD video from lunar orbit.
    • by PhotoGuy (189467)
      These pictures are fairly low quality, probably from an engineering camera rather than a scientific one.

      Indeed, the fact the antenna is right in the middle, and the linked web site refers to a "on board camera for monitoring the high gain antenna", I would say this is pretty much confirmed. I look forward to the high def shots.

  • by Crypto Gnome (651401) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @03:42AM (#20937007) Homepage Journal
    All I want to say is hopefully their science is better than their english and/or translators.

    At the CCD device, pixel defects (white blemishes) generate by space lay, so, it is expected the cyclic observation makes clear the effect of the space lay around the moon orbit. It is difficult to protect the CCD from the space lay. So we have been developed the grand system be able to compensate the white blemishes of max 20 thousands from the pick-up image.
    • I had similar issues with the asteroid mission which is still running. Their press releases can be a bit hard to understand, but it is pretty clear that the Japanese have a lot of engineers working on these programs who really know their stuff.

      But they do it all in Japanese, the way Australians like me do everything in English.
    • by ignoramus (544216)

      All I want to say is hopefully their science is better than their english and/or translators.

      Wow.

      You seem to be under the impression that we native English speakers are and will continue to be the center of the world.

      We'll be lucky if the countries that are actually interested and doing real science and exploration keep bothering to tell us what's going on, even if the english is bad. We're too busy catering to the lowest common denominator by pouring all our collective energy into making every singl

      • by orcrist (16312)

        You seem to be under the impression that we native English speakers are and will continue to be the center of the world.

        Oh cut the politically correct crap. Translating to English isn't generally for the benefit of the native speakers, it's to allow for as broad of an audience as possible. Why the fuck do you think we're typing this in English? Hint: it's not just because Slashdot is from the U.S. And now, think about who will have the most problems reading poorly translated English? Hint: it's not native

        • by tknd (979052)

          There must be plenty of Japanese/English translators who can manage better than that. Why don't they hire one?

          They're all busy translating the latest manga and anime for free.

      • Wow, what an appropriate username for your comment.

        Actually, I don't care what language you do your science in, but if you're going to release a press release about it in another language you should have at least one native speaker proof your work. Even the best product in the world is bound to fail if you have lousy marketing.
    • The whole Communication - Information [selene.jaxa.jp] page is a hoot!

      March 26, 2007 It carries out from Tsukuba Space Center

      SELENE, obtaining the job at Tsukuba Space Center, being placed by large-sized trailer 5 containers in nighttime, was carried out in order to face to Tanegashima. SELENE was waived from the project manager and the authorized personnel in nighttime .

      While the large-sized trailer, counterattacking the wide Tsukuba road, observing at that it keeps being carried out, while asking safety, we in the driver

  • I wonder how long it will take them to find TMA1
    • A very, very long time on a gravity map - they'd need a MAGNETIC plot. Remember, TMA1 stands for "Tycho Magnetic Anomaly - One" thats how they found it.

      Of course the gravity map *might* find the buried Atlantean spaceship because of its mini-blackhole power source, but I doubt it....
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by MichaelSmith (789609)

      I wonder how long it will take them to find TMA1

      Time to read the book again. It was the magnetic field which made it stand out, possibly maintained by current in a loop of superconductor.

      There is a pretty good chance we would have found it by now. [springerlink.com]

  • At first I read that as "Japanese moon probe snaps: first photos"
  • In addition to snapping its first lunar images, the probe jettisoned one of two 110-pound (50-kilogram) "baby" satellites that will help create a detailed gravity map of the moon.
    This is the precursor to a Protoss-like Carrier in World War IV [uncyclopedia.org]. I'm just saying.
  • Don't a handful of the Toho rubber-suit-monster movies start with a Japanese space launch getting the attention of unfriendly aliens?
  • President Truman: Get this saucer to Area 51.
    General: But that's where we're building the set for the fake moon landing.
    President Truman: Then we'll have to really land on the moon. Invent NASA and tell them to get off their fannies.
  • Remember... (Score:4, Funny)

    by apodyopsis (1048476) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @05:04AM (#20937329)
    When they snap the Apollo landing sites and see two sets of footprints leaving the capsule..

    ..and three returning that you need to start worrying.

    Nah, I'm no so amused about the landing site, it's the enormous "Kilroy was here" on the darkside of the moon I'm wait for....
    • by oni (41625)
      The resolution will be 10 meters per pixel. That's not good enough to see the lander bases from apollo, let alone any footprints.

      wiki article [wikipedia.org] (look for the data on the Terrain Camera)
    • by eclectic4 (665330)
      "Nah, I'm no so amused about the landing site, it's the enormous "Kilroy was here" on the darkside of the moon I'm wait for..."

      You mean the Far side of the moon [wikipedia.org]. The "dark side" is just the side that is facing away from the Sun at that time. Every part of the moon will see darkness at some point. If "Kilroy" was on the "dark side of the moon" right now, and it wasn't in the "far side", you would see it in just a few hours.
  • by Quiet_Desperation (858215) on Thursday October 11, 2007 @06:38AM (#20937781)
    Geez, nothing but pictures of itself! Should have named it PRINCESS.
  • "That's no moon..."
  • The Japanese have a lot more incentive to colonize the moon.. They have a serious overcrowding thing going on in their cities. Creating Lunar colonies might be a good way to free up some space by shipping people to the moon for extended work programs or even living. Of course, I imagine the prolonged exposure to less gravity might be an issue for a return, but put that in the fine print! I can't wait to vacation at Disney's Moon Adventure!

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