That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. NASA
is embarking on a new Moon mission. So all those people who thought
NASA’s best days were behind it, why, they thought wrong. But to be
realistic and honest here, this is an unmanned mission. That’s what
happens when space shuttles have been retired and the Russians
are troubleshooting rocket problems. And please, this isn’t a thinly
veiled mission to search for Decepticons.
GRAIL is an ambitious multi-stage effort to study the moon
and determine its origins. If you’re wondering when it goes live, why,
it already has. GRAIL launched on its moon mission at Cape Canaveral on
Thursday. GRAIL is composed of two satellites (Grail-A and Grail-B)
loaded with enough sensors to gather data on the moon’s gravitational
The satellites are scheduled to reach the moon’s orbit by the
holiday’s. oth of them go live on New Year’s Day and by 2012 the pair
will e working non stop.
The mission ends June next year and there’s no return flight–both satellites will crash on the lunar surface
and die there. The odd twist is before executing their final protocal
the GRAIL satellites will transmit images back to Earth–for
If you’re wondering what GRAIL stands for, it’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory.