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07/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Japanese "Kaguya" Satellite Crashes Into The Moon, Send Back Final Footage (VIDEO)

***UPDATE*** Readers have pointed out that this is a rendered video reconstructing in 3-D, based on the observation date the satellite sent back minutes before it crashed, the flight's final moments. This post has been amended to reflect that.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the final footage shot by its Kaguya satellite right before it crashed into the dark side of the moon. The gorgeously rendered video reconstructs the flight's final moments before it crashed

The Examiner reports that "the "Kaguya" orbiter struck the Moon at an estimated 6,000 kilometers per hour or 3,728 miles per hour."

Watch the film below and the press release from JAXA is below the video, as well as pictures the satellite sent back of its final moments.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) would like to release the final still images taken by the onboard High Definition Television (HDTV) of the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" just prior to its maneuvered falling to the Moon. The images are attached below. The KAGUYA was launched on September 14, 2007, and was controlled to be dropped to the Moon on June 11, 2009, as its mission was completed.

The series of continued shots was taken with an interval of about one minute by the HDTV (Teltephoto) while the KAGUYA was maneuvered to decrease its altitude toward the impact position (around GILL crater.)

We can see the approaching Moon surface as the KAGUYA went closer to it. After the final image, the KAGUYA moved into the shaded area to make its final landing, thus it was pitch dark while taking an image. This is the very final image shooting of the Moon by the KAGUYA HDTV.

You can enjoy images taken by the KAGUYA HDTV through JAXA Digital Archives, the KAGUYA Image Gallery, and the JAXA channel on YouTube.

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