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Japan lunar orbiter, Kaguya, releases mini-satellite into orbit news
10 October 2007
Tokyo: Japan''s unmanned lunar orbiter, Kaguya, has started taking pictures and has also released a miniature satellite, which will help map the moon.

The Kaguya lunar craft, launched Sept. 14, jettisoned the first of its two 110-pound "baby" satellites on Monday. The second mini-satellite is to be released on Oct. 14.
The mission has a life span of one year.

Kaguya is expected to produce detailed studies of the moon with the help of 14 scientific instruments, from a height of about 62 miles above the moon''s surface. It will produce high-resolution surface and gravity maps, observe the moon''s magnetic fields and search for water ice, among other scientific objectives.


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Japan lunar orbiter, Kaguya, releases mini-satellite into orbit