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Supercomputers Assist NASA in Constructing Moon Gravity Map

Dec. 7, 2012 ⋅ Categories: Physical Sciences

Astrophysics supercomputer specialists are absolutely pumped for this galaxy news hitting the internet. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) recently created a moon gravity map revealing the moon’s internal structure and composition in extraordinary detail. This new map reveals a literal mountain of features including tectonic structures, volcanic landforms, basin rings crater central peaks and tons of craters. The gravity map also shows that the moon’s gravitational field is completely unique to any other planet in our solar system.

These amazing maps were created from twin NASA probes that transmitted radio signals to define precise distances between them and the moon’s orbit formation. This information is then sent to a high-performance server back on Earth that assists scientists in creating these amazing images.

These breathtaking photos are only the beginning. The mission is set to continue to an extended phase beginning Aug. 20 and will continue through Dec 17. For more information and images regarding the mission to study the moon’s gravity, visit NASA’s website here.

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