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Sunday, January 4, 1998 Published at 23:36 GMT



Sci/Tech

Facts about Lunar Prospector
image: [ The craft is only a quarter the weight of a family car (Nasa) ]
The craft is only a quarter the weight of a family car (Nasa)

  • Prospector is small. When full of fuel, the spacecraft weighs only 295 kg - about a quarter of the weight of an average car.

  • It carries a payload of five instruments.

  • Prospector progressed rapidly from development to completion and testing phases - the entire process was accomplished in 17 months.

  • Lunar Prospector spins to give it greater stability.

  • It has a cylindrical solar panel wrapped around its body.

  • The Lunar Prospector spacecraft body consists of a 1.37-metre wide and 1.29-metre long drum.
    [ image: Lunar Prospector inside nose cone (Nasa)]
    Lunar Prospector inside nose cone (Nasa)

  • It has no onboard flight control computer.

  • Three masts isolate the science instrument assemblies from the spacecraft. Each self-deploying mast extends 2.5-metres from the side of the spacecraft.

  • The propellant tanks are located inside the main body.






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