SMART-1's ever-increasing orbit of the Earth

SMART-1's ever-increasing orbit of the Earth

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14/07/2003 9:19 am

Copyright

ESA 2002., CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Description

SMART-1 first orbits the Earth in ever-increasing ellipses. When it reaches the Moon, its orbit is altered by the Moon's gravitational field. It uses a number of these lunar 'gravity assist' manoeuvres to position itself for entering orbit around the Moon.

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