NASA releases video shot from probe shortly before it crased into the moon

Posted at 11:06 AM, Jan 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-11 12:01:48-05

NASA has released video from one of the twin probes the agency deliberately crashed into the moon last month.

The twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) probes called ‘Ebb’ and ‘Flow’ were sent crashing into a mountain near the moon’s north pole.

The movie is comprised of images taken by Ebb on Dec. 14, just a few days before it crashed.

The probes had made a high-quality map of the gravitational field of the moon, giving scientists unprecedented insight into what’s below the surface and how the moon may have formed. They were purposely crashed because they did not have enough altitude or fuel to continue science operations.

The agency named the site where the spacecraft crashed for Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut in space, who died in July.

Read more about the probes at the Bad Astronomy blog.