Date: January 20, 2012

Title: GRAIL Spacecraft Get New Names

Podcasters: Nancy Atkinson

Organization: NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI)

GRAIL websites:, or

Music: “Amelia” by Ben Bedford from his “Land of the Shadows” CD.

Description: A new mission to the Moon and new names for the two GRAIL spacecraft! NASA announced that students from Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Montana were the winners of a nation-wide contest to name the twin spacecraft, which arrived at the Moon on New Year’s Eve and New Years Day 2012 to begin a unique mapping mission of the Moon’s interior.

Bio: The NLSI brings together leading lunar scientists from around the world to further NASA lunar science and exploration.

Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and is the Senior Editor for Universe Today

Sponsor: This episode of 365 Days of Astronomy is sponsored by John Sandlin. The Sandlin Family wishes you all Clear Skies.


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