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Live Coverage: NASA Bombards Moon At 5:28 PM Eastern Today, Grail Spacecraft To Crash Into Lunar Mountain

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NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft beginning at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17. The event will be broadcast on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website. 

The two probes will hit a mountain near the lunar north pole at approximately 2:28 p.m. PST Monday, bringing their successful prime and extended science missions to an end.

 
This still image and animation shows the final flight path for NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission spacecraft, which will impact the moon on Dec. 17, 2012, around 2:28 p.m. PST. 
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/ASU

Commentary will originate from the control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Coverage will last about 35 minutes and include live interviews with GRAIL team members. GRAIL’s final resting place on the moon will be in shadow at the time of impact, so no video documentation of the impacts is expected. 

Data from the GRAIL twins are allowing scientists to learn about the moon’s internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. The two probes are being sent purposely into the moon because they do not have enough altitude or fuel to continue science operations. 

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv . The coverage will also be streamed live on Ustream at: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 . 

Join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #GRAIL. To learn more about all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/connect .



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    • Don't be hating!

      Yeah I believe NASA “Never a Straight Answer”.

    • Mayhem

      This is because of my post the other day isn’t it? NASA.

      When I called BS on man not being able to see the “moon landing” debris given the power of the telescopes that we have floating around beyond the filtering effects of our atmosphere.

      Crikey I’m nothing and nobody to be trying to impress but thank you, NASA, very much you’ve gone to a great effort for me.

      ……….:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ……….

    • Wonkadelica

      And the mysogynist xtians in the military industrialist complex made sure to name the GRAIL crash site for Sally Ride. Not hard to figure that out.

      If Mayhem could do basic highschool algebra, he could take the instrument specs from the Hubble website and figure out why the Apollo sites are beyond its resolving power. :razz:

    • Anonymous

      Hope they have GEICO. Here lizard, lizard.

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