The thing that amazed me today was high-def video footage from the moon! JAXA’s SELENE (aka Kaguya) lunar probe is the first of it’s kind to be fitted with a HD video camera, the result being stunning footage from our humble satellite.
I’ve often wondered how, in the past, agencies like NASA would gladly spend billions on state of the art space probes, only to fit them with cameras that can be put to shame by your average modern mobile phone. Perhaps part of me is just bitter after waiting for years to see a photograph from beneath Titan’s clouds, only to finally see a blurry image that could’ve been taken at Lyme Regis on a cloudy day. I’m still somewhat disappointed by that to be honest, but I suppose technology has advanced significantly since Cassini left the Earth’s atmosphere.
Hopefully, thanks to the excellent job of NASA’s Mars rovers, and now JAXA’s Kaguya probe, the days of very expensive poor quality images are over. Time will tell I suppose.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to more lunar footage, courtesy of JAXA.