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Fraser
2006-Sep-03, 02:58 PM
ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft ended its productive mission on September 3, 2006 when it crashed into the lunar soil in the "Lake of Excellence" region of the Moon. The impact took place on the near side of the Moon, in full view of Earth and space-based telescopes; even amateurs captured a tiny flash in their telescopes as the spacecraft obliterated, and carved out a small crater. This final act of science will hopefully give researchers some insights into the minerals that lie underneath the lunar surface, which were briefly excavated by the impact.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/09/03/smart-1-smashed-into-the-moon/)