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December 18 2012

NASA probes smash into moon

As planned, NASA's two Grail spacecraft crashed into the moon yesterday afternoon, hitting a mountain at about 2:28 pm.

The probes, named Ebb and Flow, hit the southern face of the 1.5 mile-high mountain near a crater named Goldschmidt at a speed of 3,760 mph, or about 1.7 kilometers per second. Because the site was in shadow at the time of impact, there's unfortunately no imagery.

Fifty minutes before the impact, the spacecraft fired their engines until their propellant was depleted...

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