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SMART-1 Completes Mission
4 September 2006
Controlled impact on the lunar surface.

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26 September 2006
introducing a special, ultra-low-power mode nicknamed 'Sumo' - an innovative configuration aimed at saving the power necessary to ensure spacecraft survival.

Aurora - ExoMars
30 June 2006
to further characterise the biological environment on Mars in preparation for robotic missions and then human exploration.

15 September 2006
VIMS- Visual & Infrared Mapping Spectrometer - detects massive polar ethane cloud.


SMART-1 Completes Mission


The final orbits of the European Space Agency's (ESA) SMART-1 spacecraft offered new opportunities for taking images of the moon. The craft continued collecting valuable scientific data up until the completion of its mission, when it was placed on an impact course and crashed into the lunar surface. Even data from the craft's mission-ending impact provided information about lunar physics and spacecraft behavior that will be used when determining landing sites for future lunar missions.

Information from SMART-1 will help us understand how the moon was formed and, in turn, can tell us a great deal about the history and evolution of our own planet. SMART-1 will also help scientists better understand the Earth-Moon system and provide information that will aid in developing potential long-duration human missions to the Moon. Developing a human presence on the Moon could be a stepping stone to further locations like Mars, and the technologies being tested aboard SMART-1 may help to make such missions possible.

More on this story Full text of original item from ESA, Sep 04, 2006