OUTER SPACE

NASA Launches 'GRAIL' Moon Mission

Too bad Thad Roberts wasn't around for this one: NASA launched its moon research mission on Saturday, GRAIL, in an effort to learn more about "the structure of the lunar interior" and the moon's thermal evolution. Two twin lunar orbiters—GRAIL-A AND GRAIL-B—were launched into space with a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and will separate from the rocket once in outer space. In a statement, NASA said the mission is "the first time students have a dedicated camera on board a planetary spacecraft," MoonKAM, images from which will then be used throughout NASA classrooms. The project is headed by Sally Ride, the first American woman to ever fly to space.