Japanese moon lander SELENE-2

Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Takeshi Hoshino, Satoshi Tanaka, Kohtaro Matsumoto, Jun'ihiro Kawaguchi

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JAXA is planning moon exploration missions following Kaguya (SELENE), whose missions include technology demonstrations, scientific observations, investigations for moon utilization, and social or political purposes. For the first step of moon landing missions SELENE-2 is planed and phase-A study of it has been conducted since the summer of 2007. SELENE-2 will demonstrate precision landing including hazard avoidance, surface mobility, and night survival technologies. Geological and geophysical observations on the moon surface will improve the knowledge on the origin and the evolution of the moon and also solid planets. Investigations of surface environment and possible in-situ resource will contribute future human exploration. International coordination and contribution are also important aspect of SELENE-2. In this paper, study results of SELENE-2 mission objectives and spacecraft preliminary design are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2008 Sept 292008 Oct 3

Publication series

NameInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008


Other59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Lunar exploration
  • Night survival
  • Precision landing
  • Rover

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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