Witness Earthrise and Earthset in new HD footage from Japan's Kaguya spacecraft

Here's a little visual oasis for your day in the form of a mesmerizing pair of Earthrise and Earthset mission videos just released from the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA).

Captured by the Kaguya spacecraft's 2.2-megapixel HDTV cameras in 2007 and 2008, this spectacular footage of the dusty moon comes from one of the three lunar-orbiting space probes that comprised Japan's Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) operating from 2007 to 2009.  The resulting images represent some of the earliest high-definition glimpses of the cratered surface of the moon in history and are but a tiny part of the massive dump of photos you can also view here.

Relax and soar into the heavens with these inspiring space videos from JAXA's Kaguya and The Planetary Society, first of an ethereal Earthrise with Venus from November of 2007 and then a hypnotic Earthset grabbed by the lunar orbiter in October of 2008.  Pardon the lens flare and have a nice flight!

(Via Gizmodo)

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