Smart-1 was launched in September 2003 by a conventional rocket, but made its transit to an orbit around the moon be means of an ion engine. The mission ended by a planned impact landing on the moon in September 3, 2006. We contributed to the project by designing and manufacturing the two electrostatic probes of the SPEDE instrument.
The figure below shows Smart-1 with the moon in the background. One of the two SPEDE probes developed in Uppsala is visible: it is the golden stick extending toward upper left. The goldish colour comes from the use of titanium nitride.
last modified 2006-09-03