Emily Lakdawalla • Feb 13, 2009
Lunar missions: the start of an ending for one, the start of a beginning for another
JAXA reported today that "The relay satellite 'OKINA (RSTAR)' made an impact on the lunar surface on February 12, 2009 (JST), and the four-way Doppler measurement mission was successfully completed." Okina was just a tiny subsatellite deployed by Kaguya; but Kaguya will be following its baby to the ground later in the summer -- it's the beginning of the end of the mission. Through an amazing coincidence, today is also the day that four papers' worth of Kaguya results has been published for the first time, in the journal Science. I'll take a look at them later today.
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