EU "Lands" on Moon

A EuroRocket got to the moon yesterday:

“That’s it – we are in the Lake of Excellence,” said Octavio Camino, chief of spacecraft operations, as applause broke out in the European Space Agency’s mission control center in Darmstadt. “We have landed.”

Well . . . yeah . . . if by “landing” you mean smacking into something at 7,200 kilometers an hour, then they landed.

So ends a 3-year test of ion propulsion. Now that they’ve figured out how to get something up there, maybe they’ll start working on the brakes.

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Posted September 4th, 2006 Filed in Europe, Science & Technology