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NASA's LADEE Moon Mission: 5 Goals

NASA will use the unmanned LADEE explorer to study the moon's delicate atmosphere and learn about similar space bodies.
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Lunar dust experiment (LDEX) is an instrument that will collect and analyze samples of lunar dust particles in the moon's fragile atmosphere. The measurements, according to NASA, will help scientists answer an old question: Was lunar dust responsible for the pre-sunrise horizon glow seen by Apollo astronauts? Scientists believe the dust is the result of billions of years of meteor impacts that are responsible for the moon's cratered surface. LDEX can be found on LADEE's upper deck.

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9/9/2013 | 10:14:57 PM
re: NASA's LADEE Moon Mission: 5 Goals
Actually, The LADEE spacecraftGÇÖs modular common spacecraft bus is an innovative way of transitioning away from custom designs and toward multi-use designs and assembly-line production, which could drastically reduce the cost of spacecraft development, just as the Ford Model T did for automobiles.
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9/9/2013 | 5:56:19 PM
re: NASA's LADEE Moon Mission: 5 Goals
Millions of millions of tax payers dollars to study the Moon's "atmosphere", Really? What, 40 years ago they hadn't figured out that minor little detail while supposedly standing on it's surface? Oh please NASA. You really need a better cover story to steal millions of dollars to fund your secret little Luciferian projects.
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9/7/2013 | 6:53:31 PM
re: NASA's LADEE Moon Mission: 5 Goals
i hope they can resolve the problem with the attitude control wheels so they don't have to use too much fuel and cut the mission short. It was a pretty launch, and one Orbital badly needed to succeed after having several other incarnations of the Minotaur fail previously. Very glad this one worked fine, and to have a lunar launch from Virginia. Pretty neat.
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