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    • Keywords


      SMART-1; planetary exploration technology; surface composition; mineralogy; imaging payloads.

    • Abstract


      SMART-1 is a technology demonstration mission for deep space solar electrical propulsion and technologies for the future.SMART-1 is Europe ’s first lunar mission and will contribute to developing an international program of lunar exploration.The spacecraft was launched on 27th September 2003,as an auxiliary passenger to GTO on Ariane 5,to reach the Moon after a 15-month cruise, with lunar capture on 15th November 2004,just a week before the International Lunar Conference in Udaipur.SMART-1 carries seven experiments,including three remote sensing instruments used during the mission ’s nominal six months and one year extension in lunar science orbit.These instruments will contribute to key planetary scienti fic questions,related to theories of lunar origin and evolution,the global and local crustal composition,the search for cold traps at the lunar poles and the mapping of potential lunar resources.

    • Author Affiliations


      B H Foing1 G D Racca2 A Marini2 E Evrard2 L Stagnaro2 M Almeida1 D Koschny1 D Frew1 J Zender1 D Heather1 M Grande3 J Huovelin4 H U Keller5 A Nathues5 J L Josset6 A Malkki7 W Schmidt7 G Noci8 R Birkl9 L Iess10 Z Sodnik11 P McManamon11

      1. ESA Research and Scientific Support Department, ESTEC/SCI-SR, Postbus 299, NL-2200 AG Noordwijk.
      2. ESA Scientific Project Department, ESTEC/SCI-PD.
      3. Rutherford Appleton Labs, UK.
      4. Helsinki Observatory.
      5. Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie.
      6. Space-X, Neuchatel.
      7. Finnish Meteorology Institute.
      8. LABEN SpA.
      9. Astrium GmbH.
      10. U. of Rome.
      11. ESA Directorate of Technology, ESTEC/TEC.
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  • Journal of Earth System Science | News

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