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Super Sensitive High Definition Television Camera System (SS-HDTV)

Last updated: January 15, 2015

Succeeded in obtaining sensational images

Images of noctilucent clouds, lightnings, sprites, aurori, airglows, meteors, zodiacal lights, night scenes, sunsets, moonsets, etc. were obtained.

Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa taking photos from the ISS Cupola in 2011 during SS-HTDV mission (Credit: JAXA/NASA)

To publicize the precious results, those obtained images were broadcast, as well as webcast and screened at the scientific museums and galleries to be appreciated by the general public. Positive feedback such as “it was sensational,” “enlightened by science,” and “inspired to think about views on space and the Earth” were received.


Zodiacal light (faint light seen in the center and above the Earth rim)

Sprites occurred above the thunder clouds

All images were taken by the SS-HDTV camera (Copyrights: NHK/JAXA)

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