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SMART-1 star tracker image from 59 kilometres altitude
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- Title SMART-1 star tracker image from 59 kilometres altitude
- Released 30/08/2006 9:10 am
- Copyright ESA
This image of the lunar surface was taken on 25 August at 10:08 CEST (08:15 UT) by the star tracker (attitude camera) on board ESA’s SMART-1, from a distance of 59 km above the Moon surface. The spacecraft was travelling at a speed of 2 kilometres per second.
The image is slightly smeared as the spacecraft is moving at high speed and at low altitude. This image was taken as a test, meaning that the spacecraft pointing was not optimised for star tracker imaging. The Moon features on the photo still have to be identified.