NASA’s GRAIL Spacecraft Launches on Lunar Mission


NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft launched to the moon aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket on Sept. 10, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

GRAIL’s primary science objectives are to determine the structure of the lunar interior, from crust to core, and to advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon.

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  1. Well, it only uses six of them at liftoff and then ignites the other three once the first six have burned out. So, it's not using all nine at the same time. I agree with you, though. There is a lot of power in that launch vehicle.

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