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" Two NASA moon probes are slated to slam into the rim of a lunar crater today (Dec. 17), and the space agency will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the dramatic action.
"The twin Grail spacecraft, known as Ebb and Flow, will crash intentionally near the moon's north pole at 5:28 p.m. EST (2228 GMT) today, bringing their gravity-mapping mission to a spectacular close. The event will be broadcast on NASA TV and streamed live on the agency's website, beginning at 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT).
" The coverage should last about 35 minutes and will include interviews with Grail team members. The impact site will be in shadow at the time of the crash, so no video of Ebb and Flow's violent demise is expected, NASA officials said.
"You can follow along at NASA TV's website (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html), or watch the feed here at SPACE.com."
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- A TV-size probe adorned with a painting of the Indian flag successfully rammed into the moon Friday evening as part of the country's first unmanned lunar mission, Indian space officials said.
The spacecraft carrying India's first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, lifts off from Sriharikota.
1 of 2 The Moon Impact Probe detached from the unmanned lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 and made a hard landing on the lunar surface around 8:31 p.m. New Delhi time (10:01 a.m. ET), said the official, Srinivasa Murthy Satish.
Space official Shiv Kumar said the 34-kilogram probe hit the moon surface traveling at 1.6 kilometers per second, which is a speed of 5,760 kilometers per hour (3,579 mph).
Kumar said the probe transmitted sufficient signals to the mother craft before landing, but no more were expected after the impact.
A news release from the Indian Space Research Organization said, "The probe had a hard landing on the lunar surface that terminated its functioning."
Full story at link. http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/11/14/india.moon.probe/index.html?pc=WHECNEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- A TV-size probe adorned with a painting of the Indian flag... more