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America On The Way To Moon Again

September 10, 2011

Lets hope some great discoveries are about to be made.

Catching a break from the weather, a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket blasted off Saturday and successfully boosted two NASA science satellites into space on looping, round-about trajectories to the moon, the first step in an ambitious $496 million mission to map the cratered satellite’s gravity and internal structure.

By precisely measuring the distance between the two spacecraft as they orbit the moon — and thus the subtle effects of the moon’s gravity as they sail over visible and sub-surface geologic structures — scientists will be able to determine the nature of the moon’s enigmatic core and perhaps confirm or refute theories about how the moon formed some 4.5 billion years ago.

This all will certainly mess with those who think the solar system is only a few thousand years old!

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