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Space probe returns stunning video before smashing into moon

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | January 15, 2013

Space probe returns stunning video before smashing into moon

Ebb returns stunning video of lunar landscape.

A doomed space probe has returned a stunning video of the lunar landscape. Ebb, one of the twin GRAIL spacecraft, took a breathtaking flyover video of the moon’s far side three days before the GRAIL mission team intentionally smashed the space probe into the moon. Ebb recorded the video on December 14.

Ebb was only six miles above the lunar surface when it took the video using its MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) camera. To create the video, GRAIL scientists pieced together about 2,400 individual frames to make the two-minute flyover video of the lunar landscape, according to NASA officials.

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