National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Launch Vehicle:Delta II 7920H-10Launch Location:Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FLLaunch Date:2011
Launch Services Program presents...
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The Gravity Recovery and InteriorLaboratory (GRAIL), will launch on aDelta II Heavy Launch Vehicle and usehigh-quality gravity ﬁeld mapping ofthe moon to determine the moon'sinterior structure. GRAIL consists of twospacecrafts that will ﬂy in tandem orbitsaround the moon for several months tomeasure its gravity ﬁeld in great detail.GRAIL’s primary science objectives will be todetermine the structure of the lunar interior,from crust to core and to advance under-standing of the thermal evolution of the Moon.GRAIL will also extend knowledge gained fromthe Moon to the other terrestrial planets. The newinformation that will be obtained will help whentargeting a landing site for any future missions.Each spacecraft will carry multiple cameras onboardto document their views and to allow students and thepublic to view observations from the satellites. Some of GRAIL’S Objectives will be the following:
• Understanding the thermal evolution of the moon• Determine the entire structure of the moon• Provide a high resolution global gravity ﬁeld• Provide history of collisions with asteroids• Determine desirable landing sites