GRAIL MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) is GRAIL's signature education and public outreach program. It is led by Sally Ride Science—the science education company founded by Dr. Sally Ride, America's first woman in space—in collaboration with undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego.

GRAIL MoonKAM engages middle schools in the GRAIL mission and lunar exploration. For several months during 2012, students from around the world selected target areas on the lunar surface and sent requests to the GRAIL MoonKAM Student Mission Operations Center (SMOC). Photos of the target areas were sent back by the GRAIL satellites and made available in the Images section of this website. Students can use the images to study lunar features such as craters, highlands, and maria while also learning about past and future landing sites.

The GRAIL MoonKAM mission began in March 2012 when the GRAIL satellites were inserted into orbit around the Moon and the MoonKAM cameras were activated. After completing their mission, the spacecraft were sent plunging into a mountain near the Moon's north pole on Dec. 17, 2012. NASA named the area where the spacecraft crashed after Dr. Ride, who passed away in July 2012. The location is now officially known as the Sally K. Ride Impact Site.

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About GRAIL MoonKAM’s Digital Camera System

GRAIL had four cameras per spacecraft:
Three cameras had 6 mm lenses (two pointing +/- 60 degrees forward and backward, and one pointing down)
One camera had a 50 mm lens pointing down

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