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We are heading back to the moon Tonight: LADEE launch at 11:27p.m. EDT from Wallops Island, VA

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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 here

The purpose of the LADEE (pronounced "laddie") robotic mission is as follows:

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.

More mission details
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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posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 01:40 PM
It's a perfectly clear sky ....
We can see the Wallops Island launches from our front steps.
The plan for us to be watching tonight.

Watch in person or on the computer -

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 01:47 PM
Thank you for this link! Wish it could be seen in the west but at least I'll be looking at the sky with this in mind tonight.

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 01:53 PM
reply to post by FlyersFan

I'm jealous Flyer'sFan. I'm way out in the northwestern corner of Virginia--the skies are crystal clear here, too. I just hope NASA's viewing map is accurate and I get to catch a glimpse.

(off-topic, Cap's fan here--otherwise known as "glutton for punishment", lol. Let the hockey season commence.)

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ETA: @Dianec, it's my pleasure.

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posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 01:55 PM
Cool. Thanks for the info! I live in Northeast Pennsylvania, and I'll be watching my skies in the off-chance that I will be able to see it.

The diagram you provided showed I am in the T+120 second radius (probably T+90 seconds), but if I watch from my house, I have trees partially blocking my view of the E and SE skies. I do have a partial view through the trees about 25° above the horizon, and a clear view about 30° or 40° up. Hopefully the rocket will be high enough in my sky to be mostly above the trees.

I suppose I could venture out a bit to find a less obstructed view, but I'm pretty much a home-body at 11:30 PM.

Going with the off-topic theme mentioned in the post above, I'm a Penguins fan, but I think we can all still get along.

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posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 02:08 PM
reply to post by Olivine

Olivine --

Your thread title says the launch time is 11:57 PM, but the link you provided says the launch window opens at 11:27 PM (with the window lasting 4 minutes).

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 02:25 PM
reply to post by Soylent Green Is People

Thanks so much. I'd hate for folks to have missed it--yikes.

Off-topic, I can't hate on Pens fans--you have a cup. Plus, I just love the game, and respect others that do too.

..back to LADEE. So this is interesting, they are going to demonstrate laser communications.

Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD)
Currently, communications with spacecraft beyond close Earth orbits require spacecraft to have small, low-mass, low-power radio transmitters and giant satellite dishes on Earth to receive their messages. However, the LADEE spacecraft will demonstrate the use of lasers instead of radio waves to achieve broadband speeds to communicate with Earth.

mission science and instruments

Also, while searching to see if this info had already been posted, I found a reference to the LADEE mission from 2009, in this entertaining ATS thread Sunset and Sunrise Crepuscular Rays on the Moon. Maybe the lunar atmosphere & dust experiments will yield data to settle the debates in that thread?

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 03:16 PM

Originally posted by Olivine
I believe this is the last moon mission of any kind on NASA's calendar.

But a mission that is directly connected to future lunar exploration. Two of LADEE's three goals are:

1) Determine the global density, composition, and time variability of the tenuous lunar exosphere before it is perturbed by further human activity.
2)Document the dust impactor environment (size-frequency) to help guide design engineering for the outpost and also future robotic missions.

I'm sure future lunar missions are being considered and evaluated.
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posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 08:28 PM
Just a reminder for everyone on the east coast of the U.S.; launch is scheduled for T minus 2 hours 48 seconds.

Follow the action on NASA TV beginning shortly, and then step outside to see the launch.

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 09:19 PM
Listening now... an hour or so to launch!

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 09:50 PM
reply to post by Byrd

Me too, I'm such a nerd! So far, so good on the check lists.

I didn't realize that the moon's ultra thin "atmosphere" was composed of argon, helium, sodium, potassium, and hydrogen. They have also detected radon, along with the helium, which is attributed to outgassing from radioactive decay. They are hoping to find H20 or OH (hydroxyl), to account for the presence of ice found at the lunar poles.

This Orbital Science link has images showing what observers of the launch should see from different locations. Just scroll down the page.
The rocket is going to be low in the sky. If you hold your fist out at arm's length, it is about 10 degrees wide. The 1st sighting should be only 5 degrees above the horizon--so look low in the sky.

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 10:32 PM
I live in New York and just saw it flyover - very cool. Thanks for the heads up.

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 10:58 PM
reply to post by Maluhia

No problem.

My neighbors and I drove up to the highest spot in our neighborhood to watch. We were able to see 2 stages ignite. Very cool, and a perfect night to star gaze.
Good night, all.
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posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 11:39 PM
Here is the video of the launch. That Minotaur rocket is scary powerful. I've never seen a launch leave the pad so fast.

posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 11:54 PM
Wow check out this great pic of LADEE over New York

posted on Sep, 7 2013 @ 03:18 AM
There has been much discussion about secret bases on the moon, and the remote viewer Ingo Swann does put forward a good case,

If you search Goggle you should find his book, "Penetrations" where he tells of dark government involvement in the moon, wanting to use his remote viewing capabilities, all under a veil of the usual secrecy.

It is worth a read, particularly the ending, where he questions the sudden, and abrupt cancelling of lunar missions, we are then fed the story of, "it's just a dead rock" noting to see, move along, but why go the the trouble of the missions without building a base of some description?

So, if we really have been told to keep away from the moon, then we can expect our probe to meet an early demise.

That should answer a few lingering questions anyway.

posted on Sep, 7 2013 @ 03:24 AM
Is threre any way we can see the launch on the West Coast of the U.S.A.? On the next day?

posted on Sep, 7 2013 @ 03:25 AM
so happy nasa is looking at the moon....

Humans need to go to the moon

posted on Sep, 7 2013 @ 04:21 AM
reply to post by Olivine

In order to "head back to the moon", wouldnt we have had to go there before?

As a matter of fact, it looks as though the video of the launch has already been posted.

My goodness, thats wonderful, just wonderful.

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posted on Sep, 7 2013 @ 05:07 AM
reply to post by Olivine

Its based on a converted ICBM - a "PEACEKEEPER" missile called a MINOTAUR

Uses all solid fuel in its 5 stages

Here is specs for MINOTAUR V

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