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Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Science |

Grail Probes successfully crash on the Moon

Grail Probes successfully crash on the Moon

(C) NASA

and Probes and successfully crashed Monday on the lunar surface, amid cheers from the control room at NASA’s Earth. The traditional little celebration for the loss of two ships is because your stellation calculated to prevent damage on historic sites in the satellite.

Ebb and Flow were part of the mission “Grail”, which sought to create a map of the Moon. To do this, the ships orbiting at low altitudes and can change its position by a motor. However, the probes were running out of fuel to maneuver, and NASA feared that might accidentally fall on the surface, possibly damaging the remains left by the Apollo missions.

Thus were stellate one behind the other with 30 seconds apart. The impact site was named Sally Ride , the first U.S. woman astronaut. The Ebb and Flow remains will not be visible until a couple of weeks, when the sector that fell the moon receive sunlight again. At that time, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will try to photograph the place where they fell.

“We will miss our lunar twins, but scientists say it will take years to analyze all data obtained, and that’s why we went to the moon first. Goodbye, Ebb and Flow, we thank you, “said project manager David Lehman of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA.

Link: Probes Crash Into the Moon’s Dark (Not Far) Side (NYTimes)

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