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GRAIL: New DISCOVERY mission to the moon
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post Sep 10 2011, 05:13 PM
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The Delta rocket has had a completely successful launch from Florida, the two GRAIL spacecraft have deployed, they are communicating with earth, and their solar panels have deployed. Their propusion systems remain to be tested, but everything is looking good.

NASA has announced a kid contest to give names to each spacecraft.
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post Sep 11 2011, 06:15 AM
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HD videos of the launch, launch replays, and spacecraft separation can be seen using the following three links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1elSL-w1B8g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD9_AJD3u8I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKxiuk0MhA4
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post Sep 11 2011, 06:59 AM
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I was in Florida for the launch ( demoing Eyes on the Solar System for the TweetUp and for the KSC Visitors Center ) and saw it go early today :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug_ellison/...57627515484719/

VERY glad to have seen a Delta II launch - it's been the backbone of everything that excited me in exploration for 15 years!
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post Sep 11 2011, 06:40 PM
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QUOTE (Holder of the Two Leashes @ Sep 10 2011, 06:13 PM) *
NASA has announced a kid contest to give names to each spacecraft.


Lance and Percy?
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post Sep 11 2011, 11:36 PM
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Beast and Beauty?
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Let's keep the name suggestions out of this thread, OK? It's not like anybody is listening to them here, and it'll just add a lot of noise to the forum. If you must discuss them, go to the chit-chat section. But an even better thing to do with your time would be to figure out how you could bring this contest to some kids who might not otherwise be given the opportunity! Maybe you can't enter or win, but maybe some kid that you mentor can.


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post Dec 31 2011, 09:42 PM
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GRAIL-A LOI burn in progress; follow it at Eyes On The Solar System.


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post Jan 2 2012, 01:17 AM
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Both A and B have successfully completed LOI:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/grail/ne...il20120101.html

Happy New Year!


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post Jan 17 2012, 06:24 PM
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Ebb and Flow! Not bad...

My Dad went to Fulneck school near Leeds, UK, in the 1920s. He said there were two members of staff, a married couple I believe, called Ebenezer and Florence. Naturally the kids called them Eb and Flo. Not quite the same but close enough to slip in a wee anecdote! We now resume our scheduled programming.

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post Jan 17 2012, 07:34 PM
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I would have gone for Isaac & Newton biggrin.gif
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post Jan 31 2012, 08:58 PM
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Ebb and Flow are busy adjusting their orbits... here's a timeline with some useful details, but not taking into account the possible extended mission.

Phil

http://www.spaceflight101.com/grail-missio...n-timeline.html


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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jan 31 2012, 12:58 PM) *
Ebb and Flow are busy adjusting their orbits...

...and it's rude for us to stare until they are both presentable.


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post Feb 1 2012, 10:27 PM
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... and the first video from Moonkam:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-031

This link has a still plus a link to the video)

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post Mar 9 2012, 06:06 AM
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The science phase of the mission is now underway.

GRAIL mission update

Go Ebb! Go Flow!
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post Mar 22 2012, 08:40 PM
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The mission has been extended to December, with the expecation now that the eclipse will be survivable.

Spaceflight Now article
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