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NASA's GRAIL reaches lunar orbit, prepares to study moon

Exploring the moon with a fresh, new perspective seems to be NASA‘s way of beginning the New Year. Despite ...

January 02, 2012 / 03:15 PM IST

Exploring the moon with a fresh, new perspective seems to be NASA’s way of beginning the New Year. Despite there having been several attempts to fully explore the moon, the satellite has been fairly mysterious. NASA now reveals that the second of its two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft will join the first one, in an attempt by NASA to study the moon, better. In an official statement, NASA confirms that GRAIL-B, the second spacecraft is through its initial phase (main engine burn) and has made its way to the lunar orbit, at roughly 2:43 p.m. PST (5:43 p.m. EST) today. Here, GRAIL-B will meet GRAIL-A, and the two will then begin the study of the moon, as NASA puts it - as never before! 

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