PIA13965: GRAIL Spacecraft Over the Moon (Artist's Concept)
Mission: Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)
Spacecraft: GRAIL
Product Size: 2667 x 1500 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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An artist's depiction of the twin spacecraft (Ebb and Flow) that comprise NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. As the GRAIL twins (Ebb and Flow) fly over areas of greater and lesser gravity at 3,600 mph (5,800 kilometers per hour), surface features such as mountains and craters, and masses hidden beneath the lunar surface, can influence the distance between the two spacecraft.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., manages the GRAIL mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, is home to the mission's principal investigator, Maria Zuber. GRAIL is part of the Discovery Program managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver built the spacecraft. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

For more information about GRAIL, please visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/grail.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT

Image Addition Date:
2012-03-27