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GRAIL Fact Sheet

GRAIL Fact Sheet

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Published by Bob Andrepont
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Services Program presents...

The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), will launch on a Delta II Heavy Launch Vehicle and use high-quality gravity field mapping of the moon to determine the moon's interior structure. GRAIL consists of two spacecrafts that will fly in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field in great detail. GRAIL’s primary science objectives will be to determine the structure of
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Services Program presents...

The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), will launch on a Delta II Heavy Launch Vehicle and use high-quality gravity field mapping of the moon to determine the moon's interior structure. GRAIL consists of two spacecrafts that will fly in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field in great detail. GRAIL’s primary science objectives will be to determine the structure of

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Sep 18, 2011
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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

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