Grail spacecraft launches successfully this morning
The GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) spacecraft is a $five hundred million NASA project that will review the thermal evolution of the moon and give new insight into what it is made up of and how it was shaped. The spacecraft is made up of two similar satellites that will orbit the moon.
The GRAIL mission was chosen from dozens of proposals and researchers say the spacecraft will be sending again new information in just a number of months.
But the probes that will map out the moon's gravitational pull aren't low cost. The fifty percent billion greenback value tag was defended by mission supervisors who say the project is educational and will give new perception into the closet object to Earth.
"It pays to realize your nearest neighbor. The moon has influenced life on our Earth in numerous distinct techniques and ongoing studying of the moon is heading to be a worthwhile factor," described one mission supervisor.
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NASA launched a couple new spacecraft over the weekend to that are headed to the moon to do some exploring. The GRAIL spacecraft were built by Lockheed Martin and launched on Saturday from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta II heavy rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance. The two robotic spacecraft will be used to map the gravitational field of...
The GRAIL Mission (Image: NASA) This morning, NASA launched the GRAIL mission to the Moon. Launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta II rocket, the GRAIL mission is going to map the gravitational field of the Moon in unprecedented detail and provide new insight into the Moon's internal structure. Based on the very successful GRACE mission, GRAIL...
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