9 September 2013
NASA's LADEE mission successfully launched Friday night, 6 September, from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. An Orbital Sciences Corp. Minotaur V rocket launched the lunar probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT. LADEE scientists hope the mission will yield insights into the odd lunar glow spotted on the moon's horizon by Apollo astronauts during NASA's lunar landings in the 1960s and 1970s. The mission will also track how moon dust moves across the lunar surface. LADEE will take about 30 days to reach the moon and spend 100 days performing its lunar atmosphere and dust mission. At the end of its mission, LADEE will be intentionally crashed into the lunar surface. (Image Credit: NASA)
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