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SMART-1 results and future lunar exploration
Author(s): Bernard H. Foing
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We present some highlights from SMART-1's science and technology payload, and the relevance of SMART-1 results and lessons for future lunar exploration. SMART-1 is the first ESA mission that reached the Moon. It is the first of Small Missions for Advanced Research and Technology. It has fulfilled its technology objectives to demonstrate Solar Electric Primary Propulsion (SEP) and to test new technologies for spacecraft and instruments. After a 15-month cruise with primary SEP and successful technology demonstration, the SMART-1 science and exploration phase, provided first lunar orbit results. The mission has been extended one year and ended with an impact on 3 September 2006.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6960, Space Exploration Technologies, 696007 (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.784637
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Bernard H. Foing, ESTEC SCI-S (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6960:
Space Exploration Technologies
Wolfgang Fink, Editor(s)

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