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Moon Gets New Face GRAIL
2013-11-11 08:26:13

[ Watch the Video: Man In The Moon Got His Looks From Asteroids ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have long believed that the moon’s trademark craters were created from the impact of massive asteroids, but new research appearing in the journal Science suggests that smaller planetoids might actually have been responsible for pummeling the lunar surface. The lunar craters were believed to have been created approximately four billion years ago,...

Moon's Interior Was Pulverized By Early Impacts
2012-12-05 13:28:06

[ Watch the Video: GRAIL's Gravity Tour of the Moon ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists using data from NASA's GRAIL mission have determined that the Moon's interior is nearly completely pulverized. The latest finding from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission suggests that during the Moon's first billion years, it may have endured more fracturing from massive impacts than previously thought. Planetary scientists have stitched...

GRAIL Mission Complete, Powers Down Kicking Off New Mission In August
2012-05-30 13:24:46

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com NASA reports that its GRAIL mission has already completed its prime mission, ensuring the twin probes are able to extend their scientific endeavors. The GRAIL mission has gathered details about the internal structure and evolution of the Moon since it arrived at the lunar body back at the end of last year. The spacecraft have been operating around the clock for 89 days since March 8, collecting data covering the entire surface three times. GRAIL used...

GRAIL Science Collection Phase Officially Begins
2012-03-08 05:15:01

NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft officially entered the science collection phase of their mission on Tuesday, the U.S. space agency has announced. This portion of the mission, which will last 84 days and conclude on May 29, officially began on March 6 at 8:15pm EST (5:15 PST), NASA officials announced in a press release Wednesday. During that time, the twin spacecraft will provide scientists with a high-resolution map of the moon's gravitational...

Montana Students Pick Winning Names For GRAIL Mission Spacecraft
2012-01-17 14:28:41

Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New Year's Eve and New Year's Day have new names, thanks to elementary students in Bozeman, Mont. Their winning entry, "Ebb and Flow," was selected as part of a nationwide school contest that began in October 2011. The names were submitted by fourth graders from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School. Nearly 900 classrooms with more than 11,000 students from 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia participated in the...

Image 1 - Successful Liftoff For NASA's GRAIL Spacecraft
2011-09-10 07:29:53

  [ View the Launch Video ] After multiple delays, including one earlier in the day, NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Initially, GRAIL had been scheduled to liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 17B on Thursday at 8:37 a.m. However, high winds forced a delay until Friday morning at 9:16 a.m. That scheduled launch would also be...

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2011-08-25 14:15:18

  NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission to study the moon is in final launch preparations for a scheduled Sept. 8 launch onboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. GRAIL's twin spacecraft are tasked for a nine-month mission to explore Earth's nearest neighbor in unprecedented detail. They will determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core and advance our understanding of the thermal evolution of the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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