A Look Back At The “Full Earth Rise”

By: | December 5th, 2014


Kaguya (Image Courtesy www.jaxa.co.jp)

Full Earth Rise: Largest Moon Mission Since Apollo

In case you have never seen the full earth rise, now is your chance! This iconic image and video were produced by JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, during its Kaguya mission.

JAXA has a long history of deploying satellites, launching spacecraft, engineering space transportation systems as well as conducting basic space science research.

Origin Of “Earth Rise” Photo

JAXA’s Kaguya mission, which created the “Earth Rise” image in 2008, involved a Main Orbiter and two small satellites: Okina relay and Ouna VRAD.

The Main Orbiter was sent into a peripolar orbit around the moon at an altitude of 100 km, with Okuna and Ouna in elliptical orbits at altitudes of 2,400 km and 800 km respectively.

The Main Orbiter contained 14 onboard scientific instruments that mapped the entire surface of the moon using stereo-imaging to study its gravity and topography. The mission measured gravity around the moon using radio waves.

As we move forward at today’s “breakneck” speed, it is important to look back and remember the milestones we have achieved along the way.

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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