Europlanet : Great spectrometer - but you broke my laser!
Posted by Doug Ellison
22-08-2007 8:17 CDT
by Doug Ellison in Potsdam
Mark was followed by Bernard Foing - whose colleague Pascale Ehrenfreund spoke about the SMART-1 impact last year in Valencia. Not much new information, but a few extra little snippets of data. The last full frame of data from SMART-1 was received at 05:42:21.759 on the morning of September 3, 2006. However a radio observatory in Australia continued to recieve a signal until 05:42:22.394076. That's a very accurate timing which constrains the impact point along the trajectory down to plus or minus 2 centimeters.The well-reported and often re-shown (guilty - so I found a new one) image of the impact as seen by the CFHT telescope demonstrated a contour in the direction of trajectory and the debris cloud thereafter is thought to have travelled as much as 40 kilometers downrange, and higher than 15 kilometers. The
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