Latest SMART-1 Stories

2010-10-01 08:20:00

The complete archive of data sets from ESA's 3-year SMART-1 mission to the Moon has been released to the scientific community. Contained within the archive are 3D maps of the lunar poles along with detailed spectroscopic measurements of the lunar surface. Researchers can utilize this information, and cross-reference it with the wider Planetary Science Archive, to further investigate the formation and evolution of our nearest neighbor in space. Launched in September 2003, SMART-1 became the...

2010-05-13 08:45:00

While ESA's Proba-2 keeps its main instruments trained on the Sun, it is also looking back to its homeworld. This wide-angle view of Earth comes from an experimental camera that is smaller than an espresso cup. The Exploration Camera (X-Cam) is carried on the underside of Proba-2, one of 17 new technologies being tested by the mini-satellite. Observing in the visible and near-infrared with a 100° field-of"“view, its monochrome images resemble what an astronaut might see if elevated...

2009-10-07 10:05:00

The European Space Agency's SMART-1 team has released an updated image of the future impact site of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), after the LCROSS team announced a new target last week. LCROSS will search for water ice on the Moon by making two impacts into a crater named Cabeus at the lunar South Pole. The impacts are scheduled for 11:31:19 UTC and 11:35:45 UTC on October 9 2009. Bjoern Grieger, the liaison scientist for SMART-1's AMIE camera, and Bernard...

2009-07-28 09:45:00

The first public showing of 'The Peak of Eternal Light', a new movie created using images taken by ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter, took place on 20 July 2009 at the Ars Electronica Center (AEC), Linz, Austria. This movie was shown as part of a special event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, during this International Year of Astronomy.During the journey to 'The Peak of Eternal Light', the audience joins Commander Björn Grieger and his flight crew onboard a virtual...

2009-06-10 07:19:45

The Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya has completed a productive operational phase and will conclude its scientific mission with a controlled impact on the lunar surface, scheduled for 20:30 CEST today. The impact is expected to occur on the near-side of the Moon, in the dark area close to the limb, at lunar coordinates 80°E and 64°S. ESA's SMART-1 team have prepared maps of the Kaguya landing site using survey images obtained by the SMART-1 AMIE camera. The images show that the...

2009-03-10 16:20:00

This month an ESA team is preparing to test the performance of the smallest yet most precisely controllable engine ever built for space, sensitive enough to counteract the force of incoming sunshine. Measuring only ten centimeters across and emitting a faint blue glow as it runs, the Field Emission Electric Propulsion (FEEP) engine produces an average thrust equivalent to the force of a single falling hair. But despite its low power, FEEP's thrust range and controllability are far superior to...

2009-01-26 10:15:00

The European C1XS X-ray camera on board India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter has detected the presence of magnesium, aluminum and silicon on the Moon during a small solar flare - one of the first of the new solar cycle. C1XS recorded the X-ray signal from a region near the Apollo landing sites on 12 December 2008 at 03:36 CET. The detection is a key step in mapping the mineralogical composition of the Moon's surface in order to study its origin and evolution. The X-ray camera collected 3...

2008-09-25 08:15:00

Europe is participating in a big way in the Indian Space Agency's Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon, by contributing three instruments. All these instruments have now been delivered, tested and integrated with the spacecraft. The Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft is now at the Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO's facilities in Bangalore, India. Delivery for each instrument is completed once the hardware physically arrives, has been integrated with the spacecraft, and the software interfaces...

2008-07-02 10:32:02

As interest in exploration of the Moon soars among the world's space agencies, ESA, through it's General Studies Programme, has challenged university students to develop a robotic vehicle that is capable of working in difficult terrain, comparable to that found at the lunar poles. Eight university teams have been selected to proceed to the design stage of ESA's Lunar Robotics Challenge. ESA's first Lunar Robotics Challenge got under way in late March with the issuing of an Announcement of...

2008-04-18 12:45:00

Researchers at Hampshire defense and security firm Qinetiq are currently testing ion thrusters, which they hope will one day bring spacecraft to the planets through solar energy.The ion engines create thrust by the acceleration if ions by electromagnetic forces. They make use of the fact that a current flowing across a magnetic field creates an electric field directed sideways to the current.This is used to accelerate a beam of ions of xenon away from the spacecraft, thereby providing...

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