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Dark Side Of The Moon Is Final Resting Place For NASAs LADEE

Dark Side Of The Moon Is Final Resting Place For NASA's LADEE Probe

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...

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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...

Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration Reveals Bright Future For Space Communication
2013-12-24 08:28:38

[ Watch The Video: LLCD Bolden Video to the Moon and Back ] NASA The completion of the 30-day Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration or LLCD mission has revealed that the possibility of expanding broadband capabilities in space using laser communications is as bright as expected. Hosted aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer known as LADEE, for its ride to lunar orbit, the LLCD was designed to confirm laser communication capabilities from a distance of almost a...

NASA Hopes To Utilize China's Lunar Landing For Science
2013-12-16 03:50:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China’s lunar landing on Saturday is not just a big step for the Chinese space agency; it also offers opportunities for NASA to gather even more data about our moon. NASA said that its four spacecraft currently studying the moon may get an opportunity to gather new data from the Chang’e 3 lunar rover’s landing this weekend. The space agency said that although there is no cooperation between the US and China, researchers see...

NASA Runs Three Mass Spectrometers In Three Different Places In Space
2013-12-06 17:21:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA said that three of its instruments built at the Goddard Space Flight Center were all running three experiments of the same kind at different places in space. The mass spectrometers are designed to take in atmospheric, rock or soil samples and identify particular molecules in them. The instruments help identify gases in atmospheric samples or gases that get released from rock or soil samples as they are processed. “At the...