posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 01:35 PM
The Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, will launch late this evening (Friday, September 6th) from Wallops Island, VA aboard a US
Air Force provided Minotaur V rocket. (unless there is a delay
The launch will be visible for millions along the east coast, provided the beautiful blue skies we are enjoying at the moment hold.
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Prelaunch coverage will begin at 09:30 p.m. on NASA TV and NASA Edge Ustream. Links available
The purpose of the LADEE (pronounced "laddie") robotic mission is as follows:
More mission details
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE, pronounced like "laddie") is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather
detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of
these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well.
Picture of spacecraft:
I believe this is the last moon mission of any kind on NASA's calendar. It's not a man or woman on the moon; but I'll take an orbiter on a 100 day
scientific mission over nothing.
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