Sunday, September 03, 2006
SMART-1 flashes into oblivion and ESA releases simulation of SMART-1's last moments
New Scientist reports that the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) caught the flash of SMART-1 impacting the Moon. You can see an animation of the flash sequence here. SMART-1 hit the Moon at about 7200 kilometres per hour and should have blasted a crater 5 to 10 metres wide. This may be visible in big amateur scopes (well, the ejecta blanket anyway).
In the meantime, the ESA has released a simulation of SMART-1's final moments, plus images of the approach path and some of the last science images (from a few days ago). Still waiting on the death plunge images.
Image Credit ESA.