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NASA reports that its twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft in orbit around the Moon have begun sending back data. The mission's two craft, named Ebb and Flow after a public competition, will spend the next three months in orbit around our only natural satellite, measuring its gravitational field. …


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  1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

    Is it just me?

    But whenever I hear the name of these orbiters, I have an image of John Cleese as "Tim the Enchanter" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The way he bawled "GRRRAIL!!" in a Scottish accent at Graham Chapman as King Arthur is forever etched in my memory.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yeah, it's just you.

    Can't wait until they find the gravitational anomaly on Tycho

  3. Graham Marsden

    Will they...

    ... also detect a large magnetic anomaly in the region of Tycho crater...?

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