National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is voiced to launch the much-awaited, ultimate moon mission, in a few days time. The mission tagged as Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) will mark its launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Pad, located in
According to the officials, the first launch window of GRAIL would take place on 8th September at 8:37 AM EST and the second launch occurrence 39 minutes later at 9:16 AM EST.
Florida on September 8th.
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The GRAIL mission aims to achieve a series of goals in it voyage of almost nine months around the moon. The mission would consist of two spacecrafts GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B. Wonder why does all this remind of the movie, Armageddon. Coming back to the details, the spacecrafts would be launched with the help of the specially designed, Delta II Rockets. Both the spaceships would record sensitive data including measurements as they move along a defined path.
The basic reason for this mission is to record the strength of the gravity field around Earth as well as taking recordings between them using radio signals. The measurements would be beamed down to the lab to compare the Moon’s gravitational field according to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. After gathering these records, scientists would be able to claim them as the most accurate measurements to date.
Moreover, the GRAIL mission would also figure out the composition of the lunar crust. This study would help scientists construct a proper theory as to “how the moon came to be a debatable subject”. The findings would also help in determining on how the inner planets were formed during the formation of the Solar System.
Maria Zuber, GRAIL principal investigator from MIT told:
GRAIL will unlock lunar mysteries and help us understand how the moon, Earth and other rocky planets evolved as well
NASA would make the launch details live with webcasts on various blogs. To keep a follow on the mission, follow the link here.