Students Photograph Lunar Targets
And here we thought kids had it good these days with a high-tech cameraphone in every backpack, now they've got their own cameras on the moon! NASA's GRAIL mission launched two spacecraft in September 2011 to orbit the moon and, by measuring the changes in velocity in relation to each other, make a detailed map of its gravitational field. Each spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, was equipped with a MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) for which students around the country will get to select targets, part of an educational outreach program by Sally Ride Science. Kids at the first school, Emily Dickenson Middle School in Bozeman, Montana, got to pick the first targets, which were photographed by Ebb between March 15 and 17 and released last week. Students will use the results to study lunar features and learn about future potential landing sites.
NASA / GRAIL MoonKAM