The end of Kayuga in HD!

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A brief update about my previous post into which I described the demise of the Kayuga mission. The crash on the lunar surface was indeed recorded by the High Definition TV and can be seen on the JAXA channel in youtube.<!–more–>

click on the following image to start the movie and enjoy the ride… Unfortunately the last seconds before the impact are lost since the spacecraft entered in the dark side of the moon. Remember that it was planned to be able to detect the plume and determine by spectroscopy the composition of the interior of the moon.

Franck M.

The surface of the moon as seen by the HD camera on board Kayuga a few minutes befor the crash

The surface of the moon as seen by the HD camera on board Kayuga a few minutes before the crash

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is be capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

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