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GRAIL Spacecraft Returns First Video
2012-02-02 11:34:44

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has returned its first unique view of the far side of the moon. The space agency said that in the video, the north pole of the moon is visible at the top of the screen as the spacecraft flies toward the lunar south pole. One prominent geological feature seen on the lower third of the moon is the mare Orientale, which is a 560-mile wide crater that lies on both the moon's near and far side. Towards...

GRAIL Satellites Now Going Their Own Way
2011-10-07 05:41:30

NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)-B spacecraft successfully executed its first flight path correction maneuver Wednesday, Oct. 5. The rocket burn helped refine the spacecraft's trajectory as it travels from Earth to the moon and provides separation between itself and its mirror twin, GRAIL-A. The first burn for GRAIL-A occurred on Sept. 30. "Both spacecraft are alive and with these burns, prove that they're kicking too, as expected," said David Lehman, GRAIL project...

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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...


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