SMART-1 impact

As mentioned by several other people, ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft will be crashing - in a deliberate way - onto the surface of the Moon on 3rd September. The exact time of the impact isn't certain because it depends on the exact heights of the lunar mountains. So, there are three orbits on which it may crash. The first has its closest approach at 00:37 UT, the second at 05:42 UT and the third at 10:47 UT on 3rd September. The nominal time for the impact is 05:41 UT. I made some finding charts for the Jodcast to give a rough idea of where to look. There is a whole Moon chart (made using Stellarium) and a closer in chart (made with NASA's WorldWind) showing the impact sites with respect to the crater Tycho. Of course, they are my impression of the positions taken from the rather small ESA images from a day or two ago. Now, ESA have a great image of the impact sites taken by SMART-1 itself on their website.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 01st Sep 2006 (15:39 BST) | Permalink
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