New date awaited for SMART-1 launch

SMART-1 being mated to launch adapter
18 August 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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