Japanese lunar orbiter Kayuga concluded its lunar observation mission with a controlled impact landing on moon on 11 June 2009.

The crash landing occurred on the near-side of the moon at lunar coordinates 80°E and 64°S.

The effect of impact landing on moon will provide information about moon’s composition.

The orbiter had been in orbit for about 17 months collecting data to better understand moon’s evolution.

The data collected includes global data on lunar chemical element distribution, mineral distribution, topography and surface structures, gravity field and the environment of the moon.

The satellite also observed the near-moon environment on the mission.

Necessary observations for calibration will be carried out by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and then it will terminate operations.

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