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Launch Photos! NASA's LADEE Moon Dust Mission Blasts Off (Gallery)

NASA's LADEE Moon Mission Blasts Off

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This screengrab shows NASA's LADEE moon mission roaring off the pad in a blaze of flame on the night of Sept. 6, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

LADEE Moon Mission Launch Trajectory

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A computer screen shows the trajectory of NASA's LADEE moon mission a few minutes after it lifted off from Virginia on Sept. 6, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

LADEE Launch Controllers Celebrate Success

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Launch controllers relax and celebrate the successful liftoff of NASA's LADEE spacecraft on Sept. 6, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

Minotaur V Rocket On Launch Pad with LADEE

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Minotaur V Rocket On Launch Pad with LADEE [Read the Full Story Here]

NASA Moon Pies at LADEE Launch

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LADEE-themed Moon Pies stacked up at the Wallops Flight Facility's visitor center. Image released Sept. 6, 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind the Photo]

NASA LADEE Probe Ready to Launch

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NASA's LADEE moon dust probe and its Minotaur V rocket stand poised for launch atop Pad 0B at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., ahead of a planned Sept. 6, 2013 launch.

Full-Size Model of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer

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A 1:1 scale model of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft on display at the space agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Image released on Sept. 6, 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind the Photo]

Miriam Kramer and Minotaur V Rocket Carrying LADEE Mission

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SPACE.com staff writer Miriam Kramer looks on at the Minotaur V rocket that will propel NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission. [Read the Full Story Behind the Photo]

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