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THE SELENE MISSION AND JAPANESE LUNAR EXPLORATION SCENARIO

  • NODA HIROTOMO (RISE project office, Mizusawa Astrogeodynamics Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) ;
  • HANADA HIDEO (RISE project office, Mizusawa Astrogeodynamics Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) ;
  • KAWANO NOBUYUKI (RISE project office, Mizusawa Astrogeodynamics Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) ;
  • IWATA TAKAHIRO (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tsukuba)
  • Published : 2005.06.01

Abstract

We report the current status of Japanese lunar exploration SELENE (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer). As of the end of 2004, scientific instruments onboard the Main Orbiter are under final checkout before they are provided to the proto-flight-model (PFM) integration test. Also, we present the future perspectives of the lunar based instruments and facilities. 'In-situ Lunar Orientation Mea-surement (ILOM)' experiment measures the lunar rotation with high accuracy by tracking stars on the Moon with a small photo-zenith-tube type optical telescope. A basic idea of a radio telescope array of very low frequency range on the lunar far-side is also mentioned.

Keywords

Moon;SELENE;selenodesy;lunar exploration;utilization of the lunar environment

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