First Lunar Orbit
Expected first lunar orbit of SMART-1 after capture on 15 November 2004 at 17:48 UTC. In this diagram the osculating orbit of the first lunar orbit is plotted.
- The perilune altitude is 4962 km
- The apolune altitude is 51 477 km
- The orbital period is 5 days, 9 hours and 14 minutes.
It should be noted that the orbit plane is not polar yet, as the inclination is only 81°. The pericentre is positioned close to the South pole at 52° South latitude