Enjoy the Latest NASA’s GRAIL Twin Spacecrafts Launch Pics
By on September 10th, 2011

After numerous attempts, the GRAIL spacecrafts are finally on their way to the moon aboard the Delta-II rockets. Here we bring you the freshest photos from the launch.

The Delta II rockets were finally launched during the second window on 10th September at 09:08:52 AM EST. The first window opportunity was not availed because of upper atmospheric conditions. The launch was absolutely successful!  

Our GRAIL coverage:

The GRAIL launch buildup:  http://techie-buzz.com/science/nasa-new-moon-mission-grail.html

The GRAIL NASA Tweetup:  http://techie-buzz.com/science/nasa-moon-grail-tweetup.html

NASA’s Awesome Moon Pics Two Days Before GRAIL Launch:  http://techie-buzz.com/science/lro-nasa-moon-photos.html

GRAIL Scrubbed and Moon’s North Pole Pic:  http://techie-buzz.com/science/grail-launch-scrub-moon-photo.html

 

Both the First and Second Stage Delta II rockets were ignited perfectly. GRAIL-A, one of the twin spacecrafts, separated from the module at 10:29 AM EST. GRAIL-B separated out at 10:39 AM EST.

Enjoy the GRAIL launch photos below!

Delta II rockets on the launch pad

Still on the pad. T-30 second till launch

Launch!! GRAIL is on its way to the moon

 

T-10 seconds into flight

launch

The first stage rocket separation.

The Second Stage of the Delta-II Rocket Separation. Showing GRAIL-A breaking off from the Delta Module. It is now flying solo. Taken by the Separation Cam on the Delta rocket nose. The rectangular falling payload is the GRAIL-A spacecraft.

Earth as seen by the Delta rocket after the GRAIL-A separation (Courtesy: NASA TV)

We wish GRAIL the very best for the mission. The Moon’s secrets shall be known!

Courtesy: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ NASA-TV

Our GRAIL coverage:

The GRAIL launch buildup:  http://techie-buzz.com/science/nasa-new-moon-mission-grail.html

The GRAIL NASA Tweetup:  http://techie-buzz.com/science/nasa-moon-grail-tweetup.html

NASA’s Awesome Moon Pics Two Days Before GRAIL Launch:  http://techie-buzz.com/science/lro-nasa-moon-photos.html

GRAIL Scrubbed and Moon’s North Pole Pic:  http://techie-buzz.com/science/grail-launch-scrub-moon-photo.html

 

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Author: Debjyoti Bardhan Google Profile for Debjyoti Bardhan
Is a science geek, currently pursuing some sort of a degree (called a PhD) in Physics at TIFR, Mumbai. An enthusiastic but useless amateur photographer, his most favourite activity is simply lazing around. He is interested in all things interesting and scientific.

Debjyoti Bardhan has written and can be contacted at debjyoti@techie-buzz.com.

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