posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 10:43 AM
NASA is at it again, crashing probes into the lunar surface.
The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission will come to an end at 5:28 p.m. EST Monday (Dec. 17) when the twin spacecraft crash
into a mountain near the moon's north pole after nearly a year in lunar orbit.
A pair of robotic space probes circling the moon to reveal what is inside will make suicidal plunges to the lunar surface today, a planned -- albeit
dramatic -- finale to a mission that is giving scientists new insights into how the solar system evolved.
Is it possible that they are destroying things before Branson and his pals get up there to have a look around?
As many here on ATS will posit, 'Are they destroying more "evidence"?'
Original site -->news.discovery.com...
The duo have been formation-flying to map the moon’s gravity, an innovative technique that has revealed a lunar crust that is thinner and far more
deeply fractured than scientists expected and an extensive underground system of lava-filled cracks, the first direct evidence that the moon expanded
after it was formed.
The GRAIL spacecraft, nicknamed Ebb and Flow, completed their primary mapping mission in May, flying about 34 miles above the lunar surface. By
precisely and continuously measuring the distance between the two probes, scientists were able to map the moon’s gravity, revealing its interior
structure. The distance changed slightly as the leading spacecraft and then the following one sped up or slowed down as they flew over denser or
less-dense regions of the moon in response to the gravitational tugging.
The crash site was selected to avoid the possibility that the probes would crash into any artifacts left behind by the Apollo and other lunar
The spacecraft will hit the surface at about 3,760 mph. No pictures are expected because the region will be in darkness at the time of impact.
These things are set up years in advance, why would they choose a time when viewing the impact would be impossible???
I don't know if i believe or not, but sometimes I wonder....
edit on 17/12/2012 by Lucas73 because: stuff