MISSION SET FOR LAUNCH

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posted on Sep, 27 2003 @ 06:52 AM
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MISSION SET FOR LAUNCH
Europe is preparing to launch its first mission to the moon.

At just one metre square, Smart-1 is tiny in comparison to NASA's trips to the lunar surface.




Europe is preparing to launch its first mission to the moon.

At just one metre square, Smart-1 is tiny in comparison to NASA's trips to the lunar surface.


But it is packed with high-tech equipment - including a drive powered by the sun.

The unmanned flight will blast off with the launch of an Ariane 5 rocket from a base in Kourou, French Guiana, late on Saturday or early Sunday.

The rocket will rely on energy generated by solar panels used by "ion engines" that provide a thrust of charged particles.

It is the first time such technology has been used to reach the moon

well at least it is off now...it was delayed last time it was due to lift off...

www.sky.com...




posted on Sep, 27 2003 @ 07:05 AM
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Can you say aborted due to secret USA moonbase? Or previously delayed to give time to coverup said moonbase better?



posted on Sep, 27 2003 @ 11:15 AM
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umm mre like cover it up...they seem good at that lol



posted on Sep, 27 2003 @ 11:31 AM
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The moonbases are underground anyways.



posted on Sep, 27 2003 @ 12:25 PM
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Smart-1 should begin begin a six-month run of experiments after it enters lunar orbit.



define " experiments" for me??????



posted on Sep, 27 2003 @ 12:29 PM
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Originally posted by mulberryblueshimmer



Smart-1 should begin begin a six-month run of experiments after it enters lunar orbit.



define " experiments" for me??????


Collects data about the moon?



posted on Sep, 27 2003 @ 02:16 PM
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data? damn I was hoping for something else more esciting......... like how to make a baguette in space





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