NASA's LADEE Moon Mission Blasts Off
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
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
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
Minotaur V Rocket On Launch Pad with LADEE [Read the Full Story Here]
NASA Moon Pies at LADEE Launch
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
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
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
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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