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Moon Dust Mission: How NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Works (Infographic)

Infographic: How NASA's probe of the moon's atmosphere works.
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer will uncover details of the moon's thin atmosphere.
(Image: © by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

NASA's tiny LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) satellite orbits the moon, taking measurements that reveal the nature of the tenuous lunar atmosphere. A laser communications system will also be tested. The 844-pound (383 kilograms) LADEE moon dust spacecraft built on an inexpensive framework that can also be used for other missions.

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