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Fraser
2006-Aug-04, 03:18 PM
After 16 months of successful observations, ESA's SMART-1 is about to make its final contribution to lunar science. On September 3, 2006, it'll crash into the Moon in full view of Earth- and space-based telescopes, giving astronomers a glimpse of what's underneath the surface. In its final orbits, the spacecraft will be flying so low that it might crash into a hill on a previous pass, giving different Earth-based telescopes a better view. The final crater is expected to be 3-10 metres (10-33 feet) wide and 1 metre (3 feet) deep.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/08/04/smart-1s-final-days/)