NASA is shooting for the moon again, this time with two tandem satellites that will work together to create the first full map of lunar gravity and the most comprehensive survey yet of lunar geology.
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And in a twist, the satellites are also each carrying a MoonKAM, NASA's first-ever equipment dedicated to solely to educational outreach, which will allow middle school students around the country to make special requests of which areas on the moon the satellites should photograph while they're up there.
After launch was postponed twice on Thursday and Friday morning due to weather delays, the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission (GRAIL) finally enjoyed a picture perfect launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. at 9:08 a.m. ET Saturday.