New date awaited for SMART-1 launch

Press Release From: European Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Arianespace has announced that the Ariane-5 launch, with SMART-1 and two commercial satellites on board, is postponed. A new launch date is expected to be announced soon.

ESA officials stated that the Ariane-5 launcher and the SMART-1 spacecraft are in perfect shape, ready for the new launch date.

ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft, Europe's first probe to the Moon, will take around 16 months to reach its destination where it is expected to carry out a number of unprecedented studies of the Moon, and demonstrate innovate and key technologies for future deep space science missions.

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IMAGE CAPTION: [] August, 2003, Kourou -- SMART-1 is ready to fly following hyrazine loading and final tests. The spacecraft is now mated to its launch adapter and ready to be moved to the assembly building where it will join the other cargo being launched. Credits: ESA

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