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SMART-1 impact flash seen by CFHT telescope
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- Title SMART-1 impact flash seen by CFHT telescope
- Released 03/09/2006 3:54 pm
- Copyright Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation
This impressive sequence of SMART-1 impact images was captured by the 3.6-meter optical/infrared Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), Hawaii, 3 September 2006.
The CFHT observed the projected impact area between 07:00 - 08:44 CEST (05:00 06:44 UT). The impact flash lasted only about 1 millisecond. It may have been caused by the thermal emission from the impact itself or by the release of spacecraft volatiles, such as the small amount of hydrazine fuel remaining on board.
The separate images can be downloaded here: