A poster made for the GRAIL mission. Image Credit: JPL
After launching aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on September 10, 2011, at 9:08 a.m., and orbiting the Moon for almost a year, the two GRAIL spacecraft, which came to be named Ebb and Flow, have ended their mission with [...]
The GRAIL expedition to explore and map the Moon’s gravity field is scheduled to end today with the intentional impact of twin spacecraft, Ebb and Flolw, into the lunar surface. NASA TV plans to begin live coverage of the mission’s end at 5:00 p.m. ET The spacecraft are scheduled to impact the surface [...]
An artist’s concept of the twin GRAIL spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, in action around the Moon. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT
NASA’s GRAIL mission to map the gravity field of the Moon has enjoyed success beyond any expectations, but all good things must come to an end.