Japan's space agency JAXA recently published a handful of spectacular, new highly realistic 3D tours from Terrain Camera data returned from SELENE-1 (Kaguya 2007-2009). Since Kaguya met its end in a guided impact visible from Earth in 2009, sporadic updates to the Kaguya Image Gallery, where mission science, presentations and a sampling of HDTV are available, have been few.
The Japanese language side of the gallery is always updated first, so it took a little intuition for us to find the useful link to the new products. These are also comparatively large video files (20Mps MPEG, ~100 mg). Unable to view the best of these new presentations following the Flash linkage, the stand-alone files can download for viewing locally . It's worth the effort. A user can "right hand click" the links below to save the video files directly.
Reiner Gamma; Antoniadi; Marius (Haruyama) pit crater; Tranquillitatis pit crater; Mare Ingenni pit crater .
If you don't want to bother with all that and still want a renewed taste of Kaguya's still-unique and valuable contributions - not the least their addition to the aesthetics and appreciation for the beauty of Earth's Moon - don't neglect the Kaguya YouTube videos, starting with the famous Earthrise from 2008.
|While in the neighborhood, a new and improved Kaguya terrain camera tour of the wider vicinity of the Marius pit, situated within a sinuous rille winding through the heart of the Marius Hills, is also worth the time.|