Thank you for supporting the “KAGUYA”

[October 26, 2007 Updated]
JAXA would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who sent us supporting messages for the KAGUYA and its project team since we started to request messages on July 17. We have received over 800 messages.
The KAGUYA is now preparing for regular observations in the lunar orbit. We will update you through the project site.
(Image: KAGUYA orbit 3D simulation)


JAXA Broadcast

JAXA provided a live report of the launch of the "KAGUYA" (SELENE)/H-IIA F13 from a studio at Tanegashima.

Photo Collections of Launch of H-IIA Launch Vehicle F13

Launch photos of the H-IIA F13 sent by viewers are introduced here.

KAGUYA promotional movie

With computer graphics and images, the movie provides an easy-to-understand explanation of the "KAGUYA (SELENE)" mission aiming to clarify the mystery of the "origin and evolution of the Moon."

Return to the Moon - Pursuing Our Destiny in the Sky -

International scientists share updates on the world's lunar missions and their opinions on why it's important for humans to go to the moon.

From Project Manager

The launch of the SELenological and ENgineering Explorer "KAGUYA", which will open up the 21st century's new lunar exploration era, is fast approaching.


The nickname for the lunar explorer SELENE, which was solicited from the general public, has been selected as the "KAGUYA."

Mission Mark

The mission logo of SELENE (KAGUYA) shows a symbolic drawing of the Earth (right) and the Moon, which is our exploration object (left,) with a figurative “S” in-between as an “S” for SELENE and SELENE’s mission profile from the Earth to the Moon. It was designed by a student of School of Art and Design, University of Tsukuba.

Overview of the Projects

Overview of the "KAGUYA" (SELENE)

The Lunar explorer “KAGUYA” (SELENE) is the highest performing lunar probe since the Apollo program. It will try to get closer to the core of the mystery of the origin and evolution of the Moon, which could not be solved by the Apollo program and its 14 state-of-the-art observation instruments.

Overview of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13

The "H-IIA2022" model of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13 will launch the "KAGUYA" (SELENE).

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) provide Launch Services by H-IIA Launch Vehicle from this No. 13.