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NASA's Twin GRAIL Craft On Their Way To the Moon 42

Posted by timothy
from the they-could-have-saved-gemini-for-this dept.
sighted writes "The twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral this morning. GRAIL-A is scheduled to reach the moon on New Year's Eve 2011, while GRAIL-B will arrive New Year's Day 2012. The two solar-powered spacecraft will fly in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field. Lunar explorers hope the mission will answer longstanding questions about the moon 'from crust to core.'"
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NASA's Twin GRAIL Craft On Their Way To the Moon

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 10, 2011 @05:18PM (#37364248)

    The mission is for "measuring" gravitation, not "recovering" it. Has it occurred to anyone else that a more straightforward name would be the lunar "Gravity Measurement And Interior Laboratory?" Or does the corresponding acronym bother someone?

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