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N° 59–2004: Europe reaches the Moon

5 November 2004

During the night of 15 to 16 November, ESA’s SMART-1 will reach the first of its closest approaches to the Moon after a 13-month journey. Then the spacecraft will begin adjusting its orbit around the Moon in preparation for a scientific investigation of its surface, starting in January.

During the long cruise, consisting of a spiralling orbit around the Earth that brought the spacecraft close to the lunar capture point, SMART-1 achieved all the technology demonstration goals of the first part of the mission.

The exciting final manoeuvres to enter a stable lunar orbit, the challenges of the journey and the results of the SMART-1 technology tests paving the way for future interplanetary missions, will be presented at a press conference on 16 November at ESA/ESOC in Darmstadt (Germany), starting at 08h00.

Media representatives can also follow the press conference by videoconference from ESA/HQ in Paris, France, ESA/ESTEC (Noordwijk – the Netherlands) and ESA/ESRIN (Frascati – Italy).

Please return the attached accreditation form to the establishment of your choice.

Europe reaches the Moon – press conference

Programme

08:00 - Welcome, G. Winters, D/OPS

08:05 - Introduction, D. Southwood, D/SCI

08:10 - SMART-1 is at the Moon. Cruise records from the small technology genius, G. Racca, Smart-1 Project Manager, ESTEC

08:20 - Ion-propulsion test: a successful technology demonstration, G. Saccoccia, Head of the ESA Propulsion Division, ESTEC

08:25 - Manoeuvring Smart-1: a new era in space navigation, O.Camino, Smart-1 Mission Control Manager, ESOC

08:30 - New technologies for the space science of the future, B. Foing, Smart-1 Project Scientist, ESTEC

08:40 - Conclusions: glorious times for planetary exploration at ESA, D. Southwood, D/SCI

08:45 - Q & A and splinter interviews

10:00 - End of event

SMART-1 Press Conference

Tuesday 16 November 2004 – 08:00 – 10:00

First Name :__________________ Surname : _________________

Media : __________________________________________________

Address : ________________________________________________

Tel: _______________________ Fax : _____________________

Mobile : ____________________ E-mail : ___________________

( ) Germany

Location : Robert Bosch Str. 5, Darmstadt, Germany

Opening hours : 07:00 – 11:00

Contact : Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin, Tel : +49(0)6151.90.2696 – Fax : +49(0).6151.90.2961

( ) France

Location : ESA HQ – Room 137

Address : 8/10, rue Mario Nikis – Paris 15, France

Opening hours: 07:45 – 10:00

Contact: Anne-Marie Rémondin, Tel: +33(0)1.53.69.7155 – Fax : +33(0)1.53.69.7690

( ) The Netherlands

Location : ESTEC, the Wintergarden

Address : Keplerlaan 1, Noordwijk Netherlands

Opening hours: 07:45 – 10:00

Contact : Rosita Suenson, Tel: +31.71.565.3009 –Fax : +31 71 565 5728

( ) Italy

Location : ESA/ESRIN, Ada Byron Room

Address: Via Galileo Galilei, Frascati (Rome), Italy

Opening hours: 07:45 – 10:00

Contact: Franca Morgia : Tel: +39.06.941.80.951 – Fax +39 06 94180 952

For further information:

ESA Media Relations Division
Tel: +33(0)1.53.69.7155
Fax: +33(0)1.53.69.7690



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