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Superluminal
2003-Sep-22, 02:05 AM
The ESA's Smart One lunar probe is scheduled for launch Sept. 27th. =D> Let's wish them luck and a new era of lunar exploration. I hope before long we can see close ups of the landing sites, even if we can't see anything. :)

Madcat
2003-Sep-22, 02:43 AM
And an era of low-calorie lunar snacks as well. :)

tuffel999
2003-Sep-22, 03:48 AM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM...................space ice cream....................ohhhhhhh crap its horrible [-X

The Supreme Canuck
2003-Sep-22, 03:58 AM
Ever tried freeze-dried ice cream? It is horrible.

SpaceTrekkie
2003-Sep-22, 01:50 PM
I have tried it..it is really weird all chalky and stuff! Gross

kucharek
2003-Sep-22, 01:59 PM
http://www.esa.int/export/SPECIALS/SMART-1/

It will take 16 months to get to the Moon, that's an avergage of 20mph :D

Tomblvd
2003-Sep-22, 04:41 PM
Ever tried freeze-dried ice cream? It is horrible.

I have a container of powdered water, but I can't figure out what to add.

Madcat
2003-Sep-22, 05:00 PM
I think you're supposed to eat it like an odd-tasting cracker or something. Poor astronauts. :(

aporetic_r
2003-Sep-22, 05:58 PM
It is good if you dissolve it in the carbonated beverage of your choice. I like chocolate root beer, personally.

Aporetic
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tjm220
2003-Sep-22, 06:09 PM
Anyone for beer milkshakes? :D

Madcat
2003-Sep-22, 07:09 PM
Eeew. :P

NASA Fan
2003-Sep-23, 02:05 AM
Just to let you know the astronauts do not eat that freeze dried "ice cream." However on one of the missions to the Mir space station, they needed to bring a freezer with them, to bring back samples in. As everyone knows freezers work best when they have something in them.
The astronauts on the mission managed to persuade management to let them bring ice cream with them on the mission. What did they bring? The best Ice Cream in the Country Blue Bell, made right here in The Lone Star State. In case you care, and even if you don't they brought the small single serve cups.

(To tell the truth, I personally prefer Krogers premium ice cream Texas Gold.)

Edited to add:

PS: 101 posts--I'm no longer a "newbie" woo-hoo.

digitalspector
2003-Sep-23, 04:48 AM
i kinda like the freeze-dried neopolitian ice cream....

i even like some of the MRE's....

Im not picky :lol:

Superluminal
2003-Sep-24, 01:24 AM
Sixteen months to get to the moon? I can hear the HB's now. NASA says Apollo took about 10 days for a round trip, who do they think they are fooling? Now we know the truth. :roll:

JayUtah
2003-Sep-24, 02:27 AM
Yeah, yeah. It's because they're using an ion propulsion system. SMART-1 is a test bed. That means their TLI burn lasts longer than a U.S. election season instead of a matter of minutes.

Manchurian Taikonaut
2004-Mar-20, 04:44 AM
It is technology like this which might rpodide better space craft designs and cheaper methods of transport. Maybe in the future goods and material will be sent to Mars using Ion powered engine and other new forms of power. Ion power is quiet slow for a quick speedy accelerations but there are other massive benefits, that is why Europes ESA, the people of NASA and the Russians have always said this might be the future of space transportation, there is much to learn in this area. . These new desings for Engine such as nuclear and solar sails might be the future. Right now people are keen on studying the Ion power. The Engines have several advantages, such as needing less propellant, having greater payload capacity and being capable of much more precise spacecraft pointing.
They deliver about ten times as much thrust per kilogram of propellant used than a chemical rocket, making them very 'fuel-efficient'. NASA have also been working on improvement and better design like DS1 Ion Thruster Compatibility. NASA's Deep Space 1 probe. The spacecraft this week logged a record 200 days operating its ion-drive engine. That's more accumulated engine time than any other propulsion system in the history of the space program. That engine provided the craft about 10 times the specific impulse of chemical propulsion. Another good example of promising design is the Europe SMART-1 , the ESA smart one seems like a good craft and will be scanning the moon for minerals, Helium 3 , Deuterium and other materials that might be used or benefical in a future lunar base. The Ion thursts are low but they do have great energy, the highly charged ions can travel out into space at 162,000 miles per hour and this power is used to keep the craft powerd over long periods. Ion drives are a new science and there is much to learn and improve in future designs. Maybe one day people will use new designs like solar sail and ion drives to explore the outer solar system?

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=34800

kucharek
2004-Sep-28, 02:36 PM
SMART-1 celebrates its first year in space
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM5CBADFZD_index_0.html

Runs like a smoothy and performs much better than expected. Arrival now scheduled for mid-November.

Mellow
2004-Sep-29, 12:25 PM
Nice one, I'm a fan of the SMART missions concept.

Manchurian Taikonaut
2005-Apr-18, 09:01 AM
some more data on this one

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMLWGW797E_index_0.html

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=36974
http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=36801

http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMLWGW797E_index_1.html
15 April 2005
ESA’s SMART-1 mission to the Moon has been monitoring the illumination of lunar poles since the beginning of 2005, about two months before arriving at its final science orbit.

Ever since, the AMIE on-board camera has been taking images which are even able to show polar areas in low illumination conditions. Images like these will help identify if peaks of eternal light exist at the poles.