View Full Version : SMART-1 Gets Out of the Radiation Belts

2005-Sep-11, 01:26 AM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's SMART-1 spacecraft has completed its 176th orbit around the Earth, finally reaching the outer limits of our planet's Van Allen radiation belts. After weeks in the intense radiation, it looks like everything on SMART-1 is functioning normally. The spacecraft has fired its ion thruster for a total of 1,500 hours and only consumed 24 kg of Xenon fuel. SMART-1 is taking the slow road to the Moon, where it will map the surface and search for deposits of ice.

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