SMART-1 Mission to the Moon: Technology and Science Goals
B.H. Foing1, G.D. Racca², A. Marini², D.J. Heather1, D. Koschny1, M. Grande³, J. Huovelin4, H.U. Keller5, A. Nathues5, J.L. Josset6, A. Malkki7, W. Schmidt7, G. Noci8, R. Birkl9, L. Iess10. Sodnik11, P. McManamon11
1ESA Research and Scientific Support Department, ESTEC/SCI-SR, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ²ESA Scientific Project Department, ESTEC/SCI-PD ³Rutherford Appleton Labs, UK, 4Helsinki Observatory, 5Max- Planck- Institut. für Aeronomie, 6Space-X, Neuchatel, 7Finnish Meteorology Institute, 8LABEN SpA, 9Astrium GmbH, 10U. of Rome, 11ESA Directorate of Technology and Operations , ESTEC/TOS
SMART-1 is a technology demonstration mission for deep space solar electrical propulsion and technologies for the future. SMART-1 will be Europe's first lunar mission and will contribute to developing an international program of lunar exploration. The spacecraft has been readied in April 2003 for a launch in summer 2003, as an auxiliary passenger to GTO on Ariane 5, to reach the Moon after 15 month's cruise. SMART-1 will carry six experiments, including three remote sensing instruments that will be used during the mission's nominal six months in lunar orbit. These instruments will contribute to key planetary scientific 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.
Publication date: March 2003
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Last Update: 02 Jun 2004