NASA Ames’ Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) 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. LADEE’s scheduled Sep. 5, 2013, launch will mark several firsts. It will be the first payload to launch on a U.S. Air Force Minotaur V rocket integrated by Orbital Sciences Corp., and the first deep space mission to launch from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility. Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

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For more information about the LADEE mission, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/LADEE

For more information about NASA Ames, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/ames

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NASA ARC/ D. Berry

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