Monday, December 17, 2012

2 NASA Probes' Moon Crash Today

Twin Probes' Moon Crash Today

Date: 17 December 2012 Time: 06:00 AM ET
Lunar Heritage Sites and GRAIL's Final Mile
This graphic highlights locations on the moon NASA considers "lunar heritage sites" and the path NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft will take on their final flight. Image released Dec. 13, 2012.

Two NASA moon probes are slated to slam into the rim of a lunar crater today (Dec. 17), and the space agency will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the dramatic action.

The twin Grail spacecraft, known as Ebb and Flow, will crash intentionally near the moon's north pole at 5:28 p.m. EST (2228 GMT) today, bringing their gravity-mapping mission to a spectacular close.

The event will be broadcast on NASA TV and streamed live on the agency's website, beginning at 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT).

The coverage should last about 35 minutes and will include interviews with Grail team members. The impact site will be in shadow at the time of the crash, so no video of Ebb and Flow's violent demise is expected, NASA officials said.

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NASA Coverage (but no direct video) of Twin Probes' Crash into Moon --
2012 December 17, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EST:
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