View Full Version : Discussion: SMART-1's Mission Extended

2005-Feb-16, 05:47 PM
SUMMARY: Even though SMART-1 has only just reached the Moon, controllers with the European Space Agency have decided to extend its mission a year, wrapping up in August 2006. This will give the ion-powered spacecraft more time to map the Moon's surface in high resolution. Another benefit of stretching out the time frame is the fact that spacecraft will be placed into a more stable orbit, conserving its fuel. SMART-1 should arrive at its final science orbit by the end of February.

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2005-Feb-16, 05:58 PM
good mission :)

2005-Feb-16, 06:59 PM
way to go
a sucessfull use and experience of ion drive
soon we will have 3 d images of moons surface available
and the kids will have computor games with actual virtual images of the moon

Eric Vaxxine
2005-Feb-17, 10:07 AM
Maybe it can show us the moon landing sites, thereby ending the talk
of a coverup. ;) I am sure hubble would have taken detailed images of the equipment left behind, but sadly I have never seen a single image of the moon from hubble. :blink:

2005-Feb-17, 03:08 PM
Originally posted by Eric Vaxxine@Feb 17 2005, 10:07 AM
Maybe it can show us the moon landing sites, thereby ending the talk
of a coverup.
Smart 1's camera's best resolution on the lunar surface is about 27 meters. This might be able to detect the long shadow of the LMs if it catches them near the terminator, but won't be convincing to anyone who doesn't want to believe it happened.

Concerning Hubble, 1- resolution would be no better, and 2- it's sensors were noght designed to handle something so bright. Hubble can't look at the moon.

2005-Feb-21, 08:47 AM
It's really great that Smart-1īs Mission has been extended for another year! The Ion Drive experiment has been a great success & will enable future space exploration to be cheaper & & to carry a greater payload of scientific instruments.