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The impact is not accidental. The Japanese space agency, JAXA, has long planned to end the mission in this fashion
It masses 2,900 kg and will hit the Moon at an oblique angle traveling approximately 6,000 km/hr
Originally posted by danj3ris
This reeks of stupidity and wrecklessness, and a dash of "something just isn't right".
The Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya has completed its main mission. But there's one final scientific endeavor: It will slam into the moon's surface at about 2:30 p.m. ET (18:30 UT) today.
Originally posted by ChemBreather
I hope it is on the near side so that we can watch it in our telescopes, or is it gonna be on the far side so that we dont know for sure if they crashed it or sent it out in space for some DarkOps mission.. ??
The impact is expected to occur on the near-side of the moon, in the dark area close to the limb, at lunar coordinates 80°E and 64°S
Originally posted by stevcolx
reply to post by MysterE
Ok if that is a video of the moon taken by the probe, where in the hell are all the stars above the horizon. Did they film it in the wrong light and contrast just like NASA did deliberately?
Originally posted by Pilgrum
This should lay to rest the controversy over existence of a moon atmosphere or not.