Monday, December 17, 2012

Kamikaze Probes to Smash into Lunar Mountain


A pair of robotic space probes circling the moon to reveal what is inside will make suicidal plunges to the lunar surface next week, a planned -- albeit dramatic -- finale to a mission that is giving scientists new insights into how the solar system evolved.

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.

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