Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have successfully taken high definition moving images through the KAGUYA (SELENE) for the first time. The KAGUYA is a lunar explorer launched on September 14 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The images were taken by the KAGUYA's onboard High Definition Television (HDTV), which was developed by NHK for space use. It is the first high-definition image shooting of the Earth from so deep in space - about 110,000 km away from the Earth - in human history. The moving image data acquired by the KAGUYA was received at the JAXA Usuda Deep Space Center, then processed at NHK.
The satellite was confirmed to be in good health through telemetry data received at the Usuda station.