NASA's Grail MoonKam Returns First Student-Selected Moon Images

Posted on March 24, 2012

NASA Moon Earthrise image


NASA's Ebb spacecraft has returned the first images selected by students. The above image of the far side of the lunar surface, with Earth in the background, was taken by the MoonKAM system on the Ebb spacecraft as part of the first image set taken from lunar orbit from March 15 - 18, 2012. The crater De Forest can be seen a little over half-way up on the left side of the image.

Fourth grade students from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Mont., received the honor of making the first image selections by winning a nationwide competition to rename the two washing machine sized Grail spacecraft as Ebb and Flow. The students made a great selection with the above image. The MoonKAM program is led by Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, and her team at Sally Ride Science in collaboration with undergraduate students at the University of California in San Diego.

You can find more of the MoonKam images here.

Photo: NASA/Caltech-JPL/MIT/SRS