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Japan launched a probe to the moon

September 14 2007

Japan launched a booster with the probe. Rocket launch with three-ton lethal device "Selena" was held on the tiny island of Tanegashima, about 1000 km south of Tokyo. The unit must be separated from the rocket 45 minutes after the start and twice going around the Earth, to overcome the distance of 380 thousand kilometers to the moon. Satellite launch cost by a Japanese scientist in the $ 479 million is the most technically complex mission to the moon since the Apollo program.

In addition to the "Selena" in the mission, named "Kaguya" (named after a Japanese fairy tale princesses) consists of two small satellites, which should explore the surface gravity and other characteristics of the moon, reports Reuters.

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