Japan's SELENE probe has successfully reached lunar orbit, a first for this country, Japanese space agency officials said Friday. Now that they have shown that they can achieve that, how about some decent bicycle roads and make this beatuiful country a bit easier for all those of us who likes to take it slow!
(Image: Artist's rendering released Aug. 2006 by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA))
Updated: And I should add a link to Pandabonium's delightful essay about Kaguya:
SELENE has been nicknamed KAGUYA and is referred to by that name within JAXA and in press reports in honor of the ancient tale of the bamboo cutter's daughter. Once again Kaguya-hima has risen into the heavens on a chariot and is going home - to the Moon.
Do read the rest of his post: A Moon Maiden Takes Flight - Princess Kaguya