Enjoy the Latest NASA’s GRAIL Twin Spacecrafts Launch Pics

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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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.