Grail – On the Way to The Moon

Grail Launch Aboard Delta II
Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Grail mission was launched successfully this morning at 6:08 AM Phoenix time aboard a venerable Delta II rocket. The twin spacecraft have separated from the launch vehicle and deployed their solar arrays. They are expected to arrive at the Moon in about three and a half months.

The Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission is designed to capture the most accurate gravitational map of the moon to date. It will improve the resolution of near-side gravity by 100 times and of far-side gravity by 1000 times.

Students in grades 5 to 8 can participate in the exploration of the Moon with MoonKAM. Teachers can register for MoonKAM and give their students the opportunity to take their own pictures of the moon.


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