NASA will use the unmanned LADEE explorer to study the moon's delicate atmosphere and learn about similar space bodies.
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LADEE could also extend scientists knowledge of other terrestrial planets. This includes similar bodies in the solar system, such as Mercury, large asteroids and even moons of the outer planets. NASA believes LADEE's discoveries could aid in future explorations, since the moon's very thin atmosphere may prove to be the most common type of atmosphere in the solar system.