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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jan 26, 2005 16:37:11 GMT -6
With the great news of Cassini-Huygens, the Rovers and news about the fate of the Hubble, we have seemed to forget that there are other concurring space missions exploring beyond Earth.
SMART-1 is now in orbit around the Moon, taking excellent images of the surface.
Summary - (Jan 26, 2005) The ESA's SMART-1 has taken its first close-up pictures of the Moon's surface, snapping a series of photos from an altitude ranging between 1,000 and 5,000 km above the lunar surface. SMART-1 only entered lunar orbit on November 15, and has been spiraling down for two months. The spacecraft will make a medium-resolution survey of the Moon for the next two weeks before lowering its orbit to begin 5 months of detailed observations, getting as close as 300 km. This first image is centred at lunar latitude 75° North, and the largest crater in the picture is called Brianchon.
Now what I would like to see with this spacecraft, is to image the lunar landing sites from orbit. If we can image the landing sites on Mars, we certainly can for the Apollos. I read where the Hubble could not image the site because that the Moon was too bright and too close for proper imaging. Well, now we have an alternative.
This will shut up the hoax conspiracies...or will it?
Post by TheCriticalEye on Feb 22, 2005 10:45:09 GMT -6
you wont believe what ? oh come on don't tell me there are still ones out there that think the entire apolo missions were faked. the uneducated masses abound in the conspiracy pitfall of ablivion!! just like if a lemming actually in the masses run over a cliff to their death.
SMART 1 .. isn't that thing kinda funny ? EU builds coffee can sized space craft w/ ion drive that took 18 months? ... yeah ok its kinda cool but to me no great achievement. deepspace 1 blew it's doors off and about a decade ahead of the EU's coffee can express. ( LOL) What is intresting is that Deepspace 1 never got a whole lot of press and it seems pretty much forgotten. The first ever ion propelled space craft and the very first craft to have artificial intelligence on board to perform all trajectory and heading decissions. To me one of the most phenominal technological learning crafts we have ever made. It was a true test of cutting edge technology tested and proven.