Smart 1 will crash on the moon

From: Tristan Cools (tristan.cools@skynet.be)
Date: Wed Jan 18 2006 - 16:47:37 EST

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    Hello,
    
    Hopefully this is 'on topic'...
    
    I've got this from a Belgian Astronomical mailing list but this must 
    have been posted somewhere before.
    Can someone tell us if the impact of Smart 1 will show us something ?
    
    Some results of remaining impact craters of SIVB's and Rangers are 
    known but these are the only ones I've ever found:
    http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-362/ch5.2.htm
    
    I believe a previous impact observation attempt resulted in zero 
    observations, although it crashed into the polar regions.(can't 
    recall its name however)
    
    
    With the SMART-1 end of mission impact due in August
    || > > 2006, we are looking at
    || > > the possibility of using our last hydrazine fuel, to
    || > > adjust the impact date
    || > > and move the impact to the near side, and allow to
    || > > perform an impact
    || > > experiment, involving ground based observers.
    || > >
    || > > The impact of the 290 kg spacecraft will take place
    || > > at a speed of 2 km/s in a
    || > > very grazing trajectory in a latitude of around -37
    || > > deg.
    || > >
    || > > I wish to call on the expert community to make as
    || > > early as possible
    || > > predictions of the impact flash (in visible and
    || > > infrared), ejecta dynamics,
    || > > dust and exospheric effects and to look at
    || > > possibility of coordinated ground
    || > > based observations.
    || > >
    || > > I would appreciate if you could contact me ASAP to
    || > > indicate your interest to
    || > > participate to the impact prediction exercise or to
    || > > the observations
    || > > campaign.
    || > >
    || > > We call also the community to collaborate in
    || > > coordinated lunar observations,
    || > > especially when SMART-1 perilune will be at
    || > > altitude below 300 km from June
    || > > until impact.
    || > >
    || > > Best regards,
    || > > Bernard H. Foing
    
    
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