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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: Internet Scout Project Original Subject: The NSDL Scout Report for
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      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
      Originally from: Internet Scout Project <scout@...>
      Original Subject: The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology -- March 14, 2003
      Original Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 13:29:08 -0600

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      Two on Smart-1
      BBC News: Europe Targets the Moon
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2818551.stm
      By Sun Power to the Moon [.pdf]
      http://sci2.esa.int/smart1/docs/smart1_broch.pdf

      Tentatively set for a July 2003 launch, the Smart-1 spacecraft will host
      Europe's first lunar mission. A news article from the BBC outlines the
      objectives of this pioneering mission. The Smart-1 is incorporating many new
      technologies and testing them for the first time in space. One of the most
      notable is the ion thruster, but several other novel items used in the
      Smart-1, if successful, will end up in a mission to Mercury around 2010. A
      twenty-page brochure from the European Space Agency provides a more detailed
      profile of several of the spacecraft's systems. Particular attention is
      given to the ion engines and the solar panels that will power them.
      Communications and navigation experiments are also highlighted. [CL]

      >From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright
      Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.wisc.edu/

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