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SMART-1 arrives at Rochambeau, French Guiana
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- Title SMART-1 arrives at Rochambeau, French Guiana
- Released 25/07/2003 3:41 pm
- Copyright ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE-Service optique CSG
SMART-1 satellite arrival at Rochambeau, French Guiana, 15 July 2003.
SMART-1 is the first of ESA’s Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology. It will head for the Moon using solar-electric propulsion and carrying a battery of miniaturised instruments. As well as testing new technology, SMART-1 will make the first comprehensive inventory of key chemical elements in the lunar surface. It will also investigate 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.