Breathtaking HD timelapse shows rare ‘Earthset’ as seen from moon (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Japan’s national space agency, JAXA, has released hundreds of spectacular photographs and a breathtaking timelapse video from its 2007-2009 mission around the moon.

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From October 2007 to June 2009, Japan’s SELENE (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer) mission orbited the moon using three spacecraft. 

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The largest craft, nicknamed Kaguya after a princess from a Japanese folktale, was kitted out with cameras that captured the first high-definition videos of the moon. 

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The results are amazing detailed images of the moon along with images of the Earth from the very rare perspective.

© JAXA / NHK

The photographs include the rare sight of the Earth rising and setting on the lunar horizon. 

© JAXA / NHK

Other trippy images show a crescent, half and full Earth, very similar to the way in which we usually see the Moon. 

© JAXA / NHK

Some of the images had been released before, but the space agency has now released more than 450 images and video footage to the world.