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SMART-1 lunar impact as seen from Earth

SMART-1 lunar impact as seen from Earth

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Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation

SMART-1 lunar impact as seen from Earth
The 3.6-meter optical/infrared Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) in Hawaii captured this impressive sequence of SMART-1 impact images showing before, during, and after the impact. The impact flash -- which lasted only about 1 millisecond -- may have been caused by the thermal emission from the impact itself or by the release of spacecraft volatiles, such as the small amount of hydrazine fuel remaining on board.

Original image data dated on or about September 3, 2006

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