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NASA Launches Unmanned Lunar Flight to Map Surface, Density

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NASA launched an unmanned, solar-powered spacecraft on Saturday on a 250,000-mile, three-and-a-half month voyage to recover some of the most detailed information about the moon ever recorded.

The twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory is taking a low-energy trajectory to the moon, whose surface and gravity it will map for 82 days.

A United Launch Alliance rocket carried the GRAIL craft into space.

“If there was ever any doubt that Florida’s space coast would continue to be open for business, that thought was drowned out by the roar of today’s GRAIL launch,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said after the launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

“GRAIL and many other exciting upcoming missions make clear that NASA is taking its next big leap into deep space exploration, and the space industry continues to provide the jobs and workers needed to support this critical effort.”

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  1. Obviously the data about the amount of radiations will be kept secret. An amount higher than zero and smart people will ask: “how come the film inside the cameras didn’t turn all black?”

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