The Fujinon lens, specially designed for outer space,
heads toward the moon.
| Selene will orbit approximately 100 km above the moon to
explore its surface.
The moon is a familiar sight in the night skies above. How did it originate? How did it evolve to its current form? Selene will conduct 15 observation missions over a one-year period to gather data to help scientists study these mysteries.
The Selene project, the largest full-fledged lunar explorer mission since Apollo, is being carefully monitored by several nations.
|The high-resolution terrain camera mounted on Selene
can identify objects as small as 10 meters and render a
stereoscopic view of the moon's terrain. It will acquire data
to create a topological map of the entire moon.
The mineral research camera is a "multi-band imager." It utilizes nine observation bands to probe the distribution of minerals. Capable of identifying objects as small as 20 meters, a vast improvement in precision over conventional cameras, this camera will record the distribution of materials across the entire moon.
Fujifilm optical technology has ultra-high resolution: 10-meter and 20-meter objects are identifiable from a distance of 100 kilometers.
| Selene has entered the steady observation phase, and is
continuously sending moon surface image data to Earth, a
distance of 380,000 kilometers.
These images, seen by humans for the first time, offer a clear view of even small craters. Scientists will study these images to learn about the moon, and this will help them to make more accurate future predictions. Made especially for outer space, the Fujinon lens serve as the eyes of humankind.