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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Private Moon Mission Aims to Drill Into Lunar South Pole by 2024
Artist's concept of the robotic Lunar Mission One touching down at the moon's south pole in 2024.
November 19th, 2014
The newly announced Lunar Mission One plans to drill at least 65 feet underground at the moon's south pole in 2024, collecting samples that should shed light on the early days of the Earth and moon.
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Tom Hanks Flies Alan Bean to the Moon in 'The New Yorker'
Art accompanying Tom Hanks' short story "Alan Bean Plus Four" in "The New Yorker" magazine.
October 21st, 2014
There's a certain irony to the observation that Tom Hanks today may be better known for flying to the moon than Alan Bean, who actually went there. The actor and director celebrates Bean and laments his anonymity in the pages of "The New Yorker."
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Water On the Moon Came from Solar Wind
Moon From Dublin
October 8th, 2014
An analysis of rocks brought back to Earth by NASA's Apollo missions suggests that most of the water trapped in rocks on the moon's surface originated from streams of solar particles rather than comet impacts.
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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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Apollo Astronaut's Anniversary Patch Recalls 'Flight of the Phoenix'
Apollo 7 45th Anniversary Patch
October 17th, 2014
Forty-six years ago this week, NASA's first Apollo astronauts to launch into space were circling the Earth, just as the crew's mission patch depicted. The official insignia though, was not what the crew initially envisioned as representing their flight.
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Architect Proposes 'More Fitting Container' for Houston's Saturn V Rocket
Hightower's Concept to Display a Saturn V Rocket
October 7th, 2014
An architect with an interest in spaceflight has drafted a design to relaunch the display of a Saturn V moon rocket in Houston. Brantley Hightower's idea for a glass-fronted building came after he visited the booster at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
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Russia Eyes Soyuz Upgrades for Mission Around the Moon
Soyuz Crew Capsule
June 16th, 2014
Space tourism firm Space Adventures says two customers have paid deposits for a flight around the moon on a Soyuz spacecraft, but the trip requires major changes to the Russian crew capsule, a vehicle that has seen only incremental upgrades recently.
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China Poised to Launch Next Moon Mission on Thursday
China's Lunar Sample Program
October 22nd, 2014
The unmanned mission will apparently send a spacecraft around the moon; on its way back toward Earth, the probe will release a capsule to perform a high-speed plunge through the planet's atmosphere.
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China Readies Moon Mission for Launch Next Week
China's Re-Entry Capsule
October 14th, 2014
The upcoming launch, expected to take place Oct. 23 from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, will apparently send an experimental, recoverable probe to lunar orbit and back to validate tech needed for a lunar sample-return mission.
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How the Moon Got Its Lemon Shape
Full Moon Over Juarez, Mexico, by Anthony Lopez
July 30th, 2014
Tidal forces exerted during the solar system's youth can explain most of the moon's large-scale topography, including its slight lemon shape, reports the study, which was published online today (July 30) in the journal Nature.
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