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SMART-1 is lowered onto the adapter
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- Title SMART-1 is lowered onto the adapter
- Released 30/07/2003 12:00 am
- Copyright ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE/photo Service Optique Video CSG
30 July. Preparations for Flight 162. SMART-1 is lowered onto its cone-shaped adapter that will serve as the interface with the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. This action photo clearly shows the adapter's four springs, which will be compressed under the weight of SMART-1. During the mission, these springs will provide the separation "push" for SMART-1 when the satellite is released from Ariane 5.