NASA LADEE Moon Mission: Latest News, Photos and Videos

NASA's LADEE moon mission will probe the lunar atmosphere like never before. The 100-day Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission is aimed at studying moon dust and its role in the moon's thin atmosphere, or exosphere as it is called. See the latest LADEE mission news, photos and video here.
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The Moon's Puzzling Dust Cloud Finally Yields an Answer
Artist's Conception of Dust Around the Moon
June 17th, 2015
The moon is surrounded by a permanent dust cloud likely caused by comet particle collisions, new observations reveal. NASA's LADEE moon dust probe data suggests the lunar dust cloud that is different than that seen by astronauts on Apollo 15 and 17.
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RIP LADEE: NASA Moon Probe Crashes Into Lunar Surface
NASA's LADEE Spacecraft
April 18th, 2014
The space agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE) made its planned crash into the lunar surface between 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT) and 1:22 a.m. EDT (0522 GMT) on April 18 after orbiting the moon since October 2.
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China's 1st Moon Lander May Cause Trouble for NASA Lunar Dust Mission
China's Chang'e 3 Moon Rover
November 21st, 2013
China's mission to robotically land on the moon next month is sure to stir up lunar dust, but it may also cause a political dustup too.
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NASA Moon Probe Will Bite the Lunar Dust Soon: What It Taught Us
NASA's LADEE Spacecraft
April 17th, 2014
A NASA probe orbiting the moon will literally bite the lunar dust within the next week or so when it crashes into the moon's far side.
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Skywatcher Sees Amazing Moon Probe Launch From NYC (Photo)
LADEE Launch Seen From Bronx
November 7th, 2013
Amateur photographer Kevin Hsu was just finishing up a shift as resident radiologist at Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. when he learned NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) moon probe would be soaring across the night sky.
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NASA Eyes Glitch With New Moon Probe After Dazzling Launch
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory launches aboard the Minotaur V rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Virginia.
September 7th, 2013
NASA is taking a close look at what appears to be a minor attitude control glitch on its LADEE moon probe that cropped up shortly after the spacecraft's launch from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Sept. 6, 2013.
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The Moon Smells: Apollo Astronauts Describe Lunar Aroma
Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin kicks up moon dust during a moonwalk on NASA"s historic first manned lunar landing mission in July 1969.
August 25th, 2014
The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you'll get the same answer. The moon smells like gunpowder.
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Moon Dust Mystery Solved With Apollo Mission Data
January 3rd, 2014
A revisited trove of data from the Apollo missions has helped scientists answer a lingering lunar question: How fast does moon dust build up?
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NASA Fixes Moon Probe Glitch After Amazing Friday Night Launch
Photographer Chris Bakley captured this stunning image of NASA's LADEE moon probe launch from the beach in Cape May Point, N.J., on Sept. 6, 2013.
September 7th, 2013
Engineers have fixed a technical glitch on NASA's newest robotic moon explorer, bringing the spacecraft back up to full health one day after a spectacular nighttime launch Friday that wowed spectators up and down the U.S. East Coast.
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