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2013-05-30 16:21:16

PASADENA, Calif., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Because of GRAIL's findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future. GRAIL's twin...

2012-12-14 16:20:10

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft beginning at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17. The event will be broadcast on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The two probes will hit a mountain near the lunar north pole at approximately 2:28 p.m....

2012-12-13 16:20:19

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon's north pole at about 2:28 p.m. PST (5:28 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Ebb and Flow, the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission probes,...

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...

2012-12-05 12:20:53

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twin NASA probes orbiting the moon have generated the highest resolution gravity field map of any celestial body. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new map, created by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, is allowing scientists to learn about the moon's internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. Data from the two washing machine-sized spacecraft also will provide a...

GRAIL Moon Mission Begins Science Phase
2012-09-02 06:27:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The data collection phase for NASA's pair of lunar-orbiting Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has officially commenced, the US space agency announced on Friday. The lone scientific instrument on board the GRAIL orbiters was activated Thursday at 12:28pm EDT (9:28am PDT), when the twin vehicles were located 19 miles (30 kilometers) above the Ocean of Storms, according to officials from NASA's...

2012-05-31 06:21:51

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media representatives are invited to see middle-school students and their teachers demonstrate science lessons and highlight selected images provided by twin NASA spacecraft studying the moon from crust to core. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center located at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington. (Logo:...

2012-05-29 14:20:04

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its prime mission earlier than expected. The mission team of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, with twin probes named Ebb and Flow, is now preparing for extended science operations starting Aug. 30 and continuing through Dec. 3, 2012. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The GRAIL mission has gathered unprecedented...

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...

Lunar Probes To Reach Destination Over The Weekend
2011-12-27 05:31:49

Two spacecraft set to study the moon will enter our celestial neighbor's orbit over New Year's weekend. NASA's twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) probes have been independently traveling to their destination since launching in September and will arrive 24 hours apart from each other. The paths of the spacecrafts are right on target, making it unnecessary for engineers to move them into position. "Both spacecraft have performed essentially flawlessly since...