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Humanity has already visited the moon, but seeing close-up footage of the satellite is still an utterly enchanting experience.
Now, 2007 footage from Japan’s SELENE probe has resurfaced on reddit, showing off a detailed, high definition look at the celestial body. This was all made possible thanks to the inclusion of an HDTV camera on the craft, the JAXA space agency said.
The SELENE probe was put on a collision course with the moon after successfully accomplishing its mission
“The SELENE HDTV was developed in cooperation with JAXA and NHK, and it took full HD images all around the moon. Originally, operations was planned for one-year, but in the end, the instrument took more than 600 movies over the full 21 month SELENE mission life.”
The probe’s orbit took it just 100 kilometres away from the satellite, allowing for the detailed shots as well.
Check out the footage below: