Mini-Radar System Demonstrated Under Terms Of First Task
Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Moon Express says that it has
successfully demonstrated a critical component of its lunar landing
technology to NASA under its Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data
(ILDD) Program contract. The Moon Express Mini-Radar System
promises to radically reduce the cost and mass of the company's
commercial lunar landing system.
Delta II Rocket Set To Boost The Satellites Towards The Moon
NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission
to study the moon is in final launch preparations for a scheduled
September 8 launch onboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station in Florida. GRAIL's twin spacecraft are tasked
for a nine-month mission to explore Earth's nearest neighbor in
unprecedented detail. They will determine the structure of the
lunar interior from crust to core and advance our understanding of
the thermal evolution of the moon.