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Illustration of SMART-1 mapping the Moon

Illustration of SMART-1 mapping the Moon

Date: 22 September 2010
Satellite: SMART-1
Copyright: ESA. Illustration by AOES Medialab

In addition to a technology payload (comprising KaTE, SPEDE and EPDP), the SMART-1 spacecraft carried a science payload of three remote-sensing instruments:

  • The Advanced Moon micro-Imager Experiment (AMIE): a multicolour camera which provided images (in white light and in three filters: 750 nm, 900 nm and 950 nm) that were used to set the geological context for measurements taken by the other two instruments, and to study the lunar poles;

  • the SMART-1 InfraRed Spectrometer (SIR), operating in the 0.9 - 2.6 µm range, which carried out a mineralogical survey of the lunar crust;

  • D-CIXS (Demonstration of a Compact Imaging X-ray Spectrometer), which performed the first lunar X-ray fluorescence mapping - in the 0.5-10 keV range - of the elemental composition of the Moon, with support calibration by the X-ray Solar Monitor (XSM).

The image above depicts how the science instruments scanned the lunar surface during a pass; repeated passes during the mission lifetime gradually completed the coverage.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
14-Jul-2024 11:51 UT

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