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Twin spacecraft will crash into the Moon on Monday

Discussion in 'Chatterbox' started by Wokkonno, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. Wokkonno

    Wokkonno Wokkonno XP


    NASA puts an end to the mission of two
    scientific probes after spending a year exploring
    what lies beneath the surface of the satellite

    The U.S. Space Agency (NASA) plans to crash
    two small twin scientific probes on the Moon
    next week after spending a year exploring what
    lies beneath the lunar surface.

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    The twin orbiters that have allowed scientists to know
    the internal structure and composition of the satellite
    are being prepared for its descent and impact on a
    mountain near the lunar north pole Monday morning.

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    Ebb and Flow, which form what NASA called GRAIL
    (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory), being
    descended on purpose because of its low orbit
    and the fact that its low fuel excludes more
    scientific missions.

    The scientific mission of the two ships generated
    the highest-resolution map of the magnetic field
    of a celestial body.

    This map will allow a better understanding of how
    Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system
    formed and evolved.

    "It will be hard to say goodbye," said GRAIL principal
    investigator, Maria Zuber, of the Massachusetts
    Institute of Technology (MIT). "Our little twin robots
    have been exemplary members of the family of GRAIL
    and planetary science has come a long way thanks
    to his contribution."

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    The mountain where the two spacecraft will
    crash is located near the crater Goldschmidt.

    Both ships have been flying around the moon
    on the first day of 2012.

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    This Monday, just in case, take a motorcycle
    helmet because in case something falls on the
    moon and can kill me.​

    Sources: NASA