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All systems are finally go for Japan's first lunar orbiter, which is scheduled for launch on Aug. 16, officials announced on Wednesday.
Japan's space agency, JAXA, announced the much-delayed Selenological and Engineering Explorer _ or SELENE _ probe will be launched aboard an H-2A rocket, the mainstay of Japan's space program, from a space center on the remote southern Japan island of Tanegashima.

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"KAGUYA" selected as SELENE's nickname.
The  lunar explorer SELENE,  has been renamed "KAGUYA", a name which was solicited from the general public. Jaxa has opened a  Special Web Site for the "KAGUYA /H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.13" for the launch.
 
The SELenological and ENgineering Explorer "KAGUYA"(SELENE), Japans first large lunar explorer, will be launched by the H-IIA rocket in 2007. The mission, which is the largest lunar mission since the Apollo program, is being keenly anticipated by many countries.
The major objectives of the mission are to understand the Moons origin and evolution, and to observe the moon in various ways in order to utilize it in the future. The lunar missions that have been conducted so far have gathered a large amount of information on the Moon, but the mysteries of its origin and evolution have been left unsolved.

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch the Selenological and Engineering Explorer (or Moon explorer) "SELENE" by an H-IIA Launch Vehicle in the summer of 2007.
The major objective of the SELENE mission is to acquire scientific data to answer key questions on the Moon's origin and evolution. It is the first fully-fledged lunar exploration project since the Apollo program.
As we would like to stir everybody's interest in the Moon as well as in the SELENE project, we decided to launch the "WISH UPON THE MOON" campaign. We are asking you to write your name and message to deliver them to the Moon by etching them on a sheet and having it onboard the SELENE.
The SELENE will be injected into the Moon's orbit about one month after its launch.
This is a worldwide campaign from Japan and the United States sponsored by JAXA in cooperation with The Planetary Society of Japan and The Planetary Society of the U.S.A.

To apply please send your name and message within the following letter limits:
In Japanese: Name should be within 10 characters, and the message should be within 20 characters.
In English: Name should be within 10 letters, and the message should be within 40 letters.

Application Period: Friday, December 1, 2006 to Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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