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Technicians Test GRAIL

 
 
Technicians Test GRAIL
Date: 18 Jun 2011
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Technicians at Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., conducted solar panel deployment tests on NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, twin spacecraft. The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket that will carry GRAIL into lunar orbit already is fully stacked at NASA's Space Launch Complex 17B.

The GRAIL mission is a part of NASA's Discovery Program. GRAIL will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the Moon for several months to measure its gravity field. The mission also will answer longstanding questions about Earth's Moon and provide scientists a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed. For more information visit: http://science.nasa.gov/missions/grail/


Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann
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