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.
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.
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.
NASA began a new trek to the moon Friday night (Sept. 6) with a dazzling launch from Virginia that sent a spacecraft soaring toward Earth's nearest neighbor to probe the thin lunar atmosphere and, just maybe, solve a 40-year space mystery.