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  • Hardcover: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (2 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441972846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441972842
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Kaguya Lunar Atlas to be a indispensable resource for quick identification of craters as well as a good a ‘common sense’ check as to what I’m seeing at the eyepiece. … Each image is expertly referenced against a Full Moon map for both nearside and farside … . I would whole-heartedly recommend the Kaguya Lunar Atlas to anyone who is an avid moon watcher, space fan, or would love to see the surface of an alien world as it truly looks, up close and personal.” (Astro Guyz, May, 2011)

“Launched on 14 September 2007, the Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya carried various instruments including an HDTV camera, the images from which form the basis of this great book. The collection is stunning in the amount of close detail it displays. Many wonderful ‘face-on’ lunar images are taken from the Earth and orbiting spacecraft, but what makes the Kaguya images so special is that they are taken with a perspective identical to that of the Apollo astronauts. Highly recommended.” (Steve Richards, Sky at Night Magazine, September, 2011)

“The images are spectacular. … The Atlas comprises 100 images of various lunar features, with detailed captions describing what we are seeing and how craters, rilles, pits, domes and mountains formed. … The earlier chapters also look back towards Earth, showing spectacular Earth rises, the phases of Earth and even the Earth eclipsing the Sun and creating a diamond ring effect. … this is strongly recommended as an excellent coffee-table book depicting the Moon at its Majestic best.” (Keith Cooper, Astronomy Now, September, 2011)

“SELENE, named after the Greek Moon Goddess but nicknamed Kaguya by the Japanese people after a mythical lunar princess, required a full year to image the lunar surface under optimal conditions. The HDTV camera captured significant surface features, impact craters, maria, rilles, lava flows and geological faults in stunning detail. … the book depict one hundred image plates, each accompanied by a well written, detailed essay of the main features displayed.” (Paul Rumsby, Best Astronomy Books, September, 2011)

“Images that form the heart of the present volume. … provide a dramatic astronaut’s-eye view that reveals familiar features in an unfamiliar and novel light. … it does offer a valuable new resource to the armchair explorer of the Moon. … provides a detailed overview of the mission and its scientific aims. … this is a marvellous book. The Kaguya images are spectacular, the authors have provided outstanding explanatory support … . a book that will prove indispensable to any serious student of the Moon.” (Bill Leatherbarrow, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1225), December, 2011)

“To the amateur astronomer with an interest in observing the Moon, the concept is an exciting one, and so the release of The Kaguya Lunar Atlas was greeted with enthusiasm by those with a love of moonlight. … For people interested in learning to understand what they see on the Moon, this book would be a useful reference. The captions combined with the images lift this book above the eye candy category and make it a reference worth owning.” (Thomas Watson, Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews, January, 2012)

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In late 2007 the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency placed the Kaguya/Selene spacecraft in orbit around the Moon. Like previous lunar orbiters, Kaguya carried scientific instruments to probe the Moon’s surface and interior. But it also had the first high-definition television camera (HDTV) sent to the Moon. Sponsored by the Japanese NHK TV network, the HDTV has amazed both scientists and the public with its magnificent views of the lunar surface. What makes the images much more engaging than standard vertical-view lunar photographs is that they were taken looking obliquely along the flight path. Thus, they show the Moon as it would be seen by an astronaut looking through a porthole window while orbiting only 100 km above the lunar surface. This is the view we all would wish to have, but are never likely to, except vicariously through the awe-inspiring Kaguya HDTV images. The remarkable Kaguya/Selene HDTV images are used here to create a new type of lunar atlas. Because of the unique perspective of the images each plate shows the surface in a manner that makes it visually appealing and scientifically understandable. Motomaro Shirao was a member of the Kaguya HDTV team and selected the targets for imaging. Charles Wood, an expert on lunar science and history, describes the pictures with text as informative as the images are beautiful.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
On September 14th 2007 the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the SELENE lunar orbiter. SELENE's mission was to further our understanding of the Moons origin, its surface environment and gravitational field. Amongst a host of science experiments the orbiter carried a High Definition Television camera (HDTV) specifically placed to capture panoramic `astronaut' views of the lunar surface.

SELENE, named after the Greek Moon Goddess but nicknamed Kaguya by the Japanese people after a mythical lunar princess, required a full year to image the lunar surface under optimal conditions. The HDTV camera captured significant surface features, impact craters, maria, rilles, lava flows and geological faults in stunning detail.

The Kaguya Lunar Atlas is a compilation of images from the HDTV. Split into two sections, part one explores the orbiters technology and mission objectives, some impressive images of Earthrise and the Earth's phases as seen by the orbiter's cameras are included. The remainder of the book depict one hundred image plates, each accompanied by a well written, detailed essay of the main features displayed. Seventy seven plates show landforms on the Earth facing side of the moon, the balance on the far side. The image scale varies throughout as Kaguya's altitude above the lunar surface drops from 116 to 21km.

The Kaguya Lunar Atlas works well in several ways. As a coffee table book it will grab and hold the attention of casual readers and is great to dip into occasionally as each page can be enjoyed in isolation. The book encourages readers to interpret the images for themselves. With a little experience one can examine the landforms and begin to work out the formation and modification processes without relying solely on the text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Velasco on 24 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm an avid reader of Wood's column in S&T, and this book is up to expectations, with beautiful photos and plain english explanations about the origins of geological features. A must for any self-respecting "lunatic".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob G on 11 Dec. 2012
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A great close up study with breathtaking photographs of the lunar surface. Look at the moon through binoculars and you can check the location viewed with a close up picture of that spot in the Kaguya atlas.
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