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Europe moon probe - SMART-1

09-19-2010 15:51 BJT

Name SMART stands for Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology. 

Description SMART-1 is the first of ESA’s Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology. It travelled to the Moon using solar-electric propulsion and carrying a battery of miniaturised instruments.

As well as testing new technology, SMART-1 did the first comprehensive inventory of key chemical elements in the lunar surface.

It also investigated the theory that the Moon was formed following the violent

collision of a smaller planet with Earth, four and a half thousand million years ago.

Launched: 27 September 2003

Status: Arrived in lunar orbit, 15 November 2004. After having conducted lunar orbit science operations, its mission ended through lunar impact on 3 September 2006.

Notes: SMART-1 was the first European spacecraft to travel to and orbit around the Moon.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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