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Old June 10th 09, 05:25 AM posted to,
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Default Japanese Moon probe to impact tomorrow

On Jun 9, 8:20*pm, OM wrote:
On Tue, 09 Jun 2009 15:32:24 -0500, Pat Flannery

Will hit in the South Polar Region:

SELENE Orbital Elements:
Inclination * * * * * * * * * * 90
Orbital period * * * * * * * * *2h
Operational Apoapsis * *100 km
Operational Periapsis * 100 km

...Note that original plans called for SELENE to continue on an
extended mission until mid-August of this year. However, due to the
degraded performance of a reaction wheel, on February 1, 2009, the
orbit was lowered to 50 km 20 km, and the mission will now end with
a lunar surface impact at around 1:30pm CST June 10th - which means
after tomorrow, SELENE becomes a part of Space History, and deservedly

...For more info on SELENE:

Vandal-free Wikipedia Article:

Official JAXA Program Site:

SELENE Official YouTube Channel:

...Personally, I've hyped this as JAXA's crowning achievement to date,
and those of us who've followed the mission have really enjoyed the
visual results. The real question now is whether next week's launch of
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will produce results equally as
spectacular as SELENE's. If LRO manages to achieve one specific
imaging goal - the highest resolution of the Apollo landing sites ever
made from Lunar orbit - then it may win by default just for putting
one more corncob up the collective butts of the Moon Hoax Morons, if
not a poisoned spear through the heart

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *OM

And still nothing on behalf of Apollo. Gee whiz, what a surprise.

~ BG