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Kaguya, Japan’s first lunar probe satellite, dropped to the moon’s surface in the early hours of Thursday morning Japan time after completing its 17-month-long mission to shed light on its origin and evolution, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday.

JAXA said the satellite, which is known as SELENE, or the Selenological and Engineering Explorer, hit the lunar surface at around 80.4 degrees east longitude and 65.5 degrees south latitude at 3:25 a.m. Thursday.

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