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2014-07-23 16:20:53

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships," said John Grunsfeld, associate...

Laser-powered Farewell To Moon Mission
2014-04-28 03:37:36

ESA Just before NASA’s latest Moon mission ended last week, an ESA telescope received laser signals from the spacecraft, achieving data speeds like those used by many to watch movies at home via fiber-optic Internet. During an intense, three-day effort starting on 1 April, ESA’s Optical Ground Station in Spain received data signals via laser from the Moon at the stunning speed of 80 megabits per second. The signals were transmitted from NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust...

Dark Side Of The Moon Is Final Resting Place For NASA's LADEE Probe
2014-04-18 09:01:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After dutifully carrying out its mission, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe crashed into the surface of the Moon on Thursday at an extremely high rate of speed – a planned impact designed to gather information on high speed lunar impacts. NASA said vending machine-sized LADEE slammed into the back of the Moon at a speed of around 3,600 miles per hour – around triple the speed of a bullet shot out...

2014-04-18 08:20:35

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally...

NASA Wants You To Take The LADEE Impact Challenge
2014-04-04 12:30:20

NASA NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon. LADEE will continue to make important science observations before its planned impact into the lunar surface later this month. When will it impact the lunar surface? NASA wants to hear your best guess! LADEE mission managers expect the spacecraft will impact the moon’s surface on or before April 21. On April 11, ground controllers at NASA's Ames...

NASA's LADEE Satellite Prepares For Planned Lunar Impact
2014-04-05 05:30:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) launched in September 2013 on a mission to gather detailed information about the atmosphere of the Moon. LADEE, pronounced "laddie," was also supposed to report back on conditions near the surface, as well as environmental influences on lunar dust. LADEE's science mission is nearly over, with an impact on the lunar surface planned for April 21 of this year. But LADEE isn't...

2014-04-01 20:20:09

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 3, to discuss the extended mission operations, additional science gathering, and planned impact in April of the agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft into the lunar surface. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Launched in September 2013, LADEE successfully completed in March its 100-day prime science phase...

2014-03-12 16:21:34

HOUSTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New perspectives of the moon, initial results from the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission and a geophysical perspective on the structure and evolution of planetary bodies will highlight the 45(th) Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 17 to 21 near Houston. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The conference will include presentations on these topics and a special session on...

NASA's LADEE Sends Its First Lunar Images Back To Earth
2014-02-14 11:28:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory has sent its first images of the moon back to Earth. LADEE uses its star tracker instrument to help calibrate itself and determine its orientation in space. These images represent the first time that NASA officials have commanded LADEE to send images back to Earth. "Star tracker cameras are actually not very good at taking ordinary images," Butler Hine, LADEE...

Picture Of NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Taken By NASA's LRO
2014-01-30 07:23:56

Nancy Neal-Jones - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. With precise timing, the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was able to take a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft as it orbited our nearest celestial neighbor. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) operations team worked with its LADEE and LRO operations counterparts to make the imaging possible. LADEE is in an equatorial orbit...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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