Japanese Kaguya satellite crashed into the surface of the moon

15.06.2009


On Wednesday, June 10, at 22:35 Moscow time on Japanese satellite "Kaguya" has completed its mission by crashing into the surface of the moon, according to Fox News. Official confirmation from the Japanese space agency JAXA has not yet been forthcoming.

 

According to RIA Novosti, crashing into the lunar surface, the probe will help researchers better understand the structure and origin of the Earth's satellite. The device was launched on September 14, 2007, October 4, he was placed in lunar orbit. With the help of experts studied the gravitational properties of the Earth's natural satellite, and the features of its geological development. In particular, using the "Kaguya" paired with other Japanese probe "Okina", the scientists have identified the uneven gravity field of the moon. As it turned out, the density of the "dark" side of the satellite, which he turned in the opposite direction from Earth, greater than the density of the visible side. According to experts, the possible cause of this anomaly lies in the fact that the "dark" side of the moon has long been a colder one that faces the Earth. However, what caused such a difference of densities, the scientists can not explain. Falling on the moon has previously became the final stage of the mission of other satellites. Thus, in early 2009 crashed into the moon has said the probe "Okina". Flash, which is the result of a collision, "Kaguya" with the moon could be seen from Earth with a telescope. In Russia it can be seen only from the territory east of the Ural Mountains.

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