03.02 Exploring the Universe.odp - Exploration of the Unknown The Clementine The Clementine was a project done by the Strategic Defense Initiative

03.02 Exploring the Universe.odp - Exploration of the...

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Exploration of the Unknown
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The Clementine: The Clementine was a project done by the Strategic De fense Initiative Organization a nd NASA in the 1990's. The Clementine spacecraft was sent to take sam ples and do tests of the moon. The mai n purpose of the spacecraft was to determine the characteristics of the moon, but it did actually much more than just that.
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The Construction of the Clementine: The Clementine was an octagonal prism which stood around 1.88m high and 1.14m across. There were two solar panels on every side of the craft standing opposite of each other. All over the craft were sensors and at one end there was an antenna, and there was a thruster at the other.
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On January 25 1994, the spacecraft was launched into space. The launch site was Vandenberg AFB aboard a Titan IIG rocket. But before it reached the orbit of the moon, it made a couple of turns around the Earth. By February 21, the Clementine was in orbit of the moon. For the next two months, the Clementine was mapping out the surface of the moon.
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