Latest News About NASA's Grail Moon Gravity Mission

NASA's twin Grail spacecraft will orbit the moon to study the lunar gravity field. The two lunar satellites are intended to improve scientific understanding of the moon’s formation and evolution.
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How Robots Could Build a Radio Telescope on Far Side of the Moon
Radio Telescope Array
July 29th, 2015
Researchers are making strides on a radio telescope array that would be unfurled on the farside of the moon by an unmanned rover operated by astronauts hovering nearby at a gravitationally stable point in space.
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China Outlines New Rockets, Space Station and Moon Plans
China's Long March Boosters
March 17th, 2015
China booster builders are slated to augment their Long March family of launchers this year and in 2016. According to Chinese news services, the country will soon fly their Long March 6 – likely in the middle of this year.
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Business On the Moon: FAA Backs Bigelow Aerospace
Apollo 11 Footprint
February 4th, 2015
The FAA’s Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has given thumbs-up regarding private sector operations on the Moon.
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Artist Adds Motion to NASA's Iconic Apollo Moon Mission Patches
'Apollo Mission Patches' Video
April 6th, 2015
NASA's iconic Apollo moon landing mission patches come to life in a new video created by a professional animator. Cincinnati-based artist Neil Smith revealed his versions of the historic emblems in an animated clip posted to YouTube and Vimeo
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Chinese Moon Probe Performs Sample-Return Tech Test in Lunar Orbit
Chinese Service Module Illustration
March 16th, 2015
China is reporting new progress in shaking out procedures required for rocketing back to Earth samples from the Moon.
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'Shoot For the Moon': This Short Film Longs for Space Exploration
'Shoot for the Moon' Film Promotional Image
February 1st, 2015
'Shoot For the Moon' is a short film depicting a homeless astronaut as he sets out for the moon – armed with nothing more than a travel case, some bottle rockets, but carrying a cargo of ambition.
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First Private Moon Mission to Launch on Chinese Rocket Today
Artist's concept of the 4M mini-spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch on a trip around the moon on Oct. 23, 2014 aboard a Chinese Long March rocket.
October 23rd, 2014
The 4M mission will piggyback on a Chinese moon flyby unofficially dubbed Chang'e 5-T1, which aims to test out tech for a future lunar sample-return mission. Liftoff is set for 1:59 p.m. EDT Thursday from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
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Ancient Moon Crater Named After Amelia Earhart
Earhart Crater on the Moon Map
March 30th, 2015
You would think the battered moon doesn't need one more crater. But thanks to data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, a massive crater has been found, provisionally named the crater Earhart.
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Connie Radar Defends the Moon from Apollo 11 in Retro Sci-Fi Short Film
'Over the Moon' Short Film
February 25th, 2015
What would the first woman on the moon do if she saw a bunch of astronauts coming down to steal her glory? She'd attempt to shoot them down with her space guns, of course.
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China Has Big Plans to Explore the Moon and Mars
Chang'e 5 Robotic Lunar Sample Return Craft
December 3rd, 2014
China is ramping up its space activities, with plans for a large space station as well as ambitious missions to the moon and Mars in the coming years.
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