Japan's first large lunar probe. With a planned launch date of 2006, the mission will collect scientific data to help ascertain the origin and evolution of the Moon. It will also aid the development of technology for future lunar exploration. The probe will be launched by an H-IIA rocket (see h rocket).
http://www.isas.ac.jp/e/enterp/missions/selene/index.html Simple site profiling the planned SELENE lunar mission. The mission's scientific goals, design, and instrumentation are sketched out, accompanied by illustrations and diagrams.
Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.