The Kaguya (Selene) Message Sheet

Kaguya, formerly known as SELENE (Ancient Greek: Moon), was the second Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft. Produced by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and NASDA (both organizations that are now part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA), the spacecraft was launched September 14, 2007 at 01:31:01 UTC. After successfully orbiting the moon for 1 year and 8 months, the main orbiter was intentionally crashed onto the lunar surface at 18:25 UTC on June 10, 2009.

The main scientific objectives of the mission were:

* Study the origins of the Moon and its geologic evolution
* Obtain information about the lunar surface environment
* Perform radio science on lunar orbit

Along with scientific instruments, JAXA collected names and messages to be carried on Kaguya through their "Wish Upon the Moon" campaign. The 412,627 names and messages collected were printed on a sheet measuring 280 mm × 160 mm, at a size of 70 µm per character. The sheet was installed under the photovoltaic modules and the cooling panels for the instruments, beneath the multi-layered insulation.

I added several names and messages during this campaign. Being a devoted Whedonite, I also included quotes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, attributed to the respective characters from these shows. Since each message was limited to 60 characters (including names) I usually used the first names only. You can still find the quotes and messages here. Enter names like Buffy, Willow, Giles, Mal, Wash etc. and you'll find the quotes I have send to the moon.

Image of a sheet

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Copyright 2007 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency