LADEE Spacecraft Has Some Trouble, But Launch is Spectacular


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“Traveled down to Wallop’s Island to see the launch #LADEE”

LADEE Launches on Mission to the Moon:

“In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA launched a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission, managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A thorough understanding of these characteristics of our nearest celestial neighbor will help researchers understand other bodies in the solar system, such as large asteroids, Mercury, and the moons of outer planets.”

Unfortunately USA Today reports there was some trouble:

“But the LADEE spacecraft quickly ran into equipment trouble, and while NASA assured everyone early Saturday that the lunar probe was safe and on a perfect track for the moon, officials acknowledged the problem needs to be resolved in the next two to three weeks.”

If anyone else caught parts of the launch please send a few photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail, tweet to @PoPville, or even better upload to the PoPville flickr pool. Thanks!

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  • Saw the launch from Meridian Hill Park. Soo cool. Yay science!!

  • I saw it about 11:50 from the Bloomingdale Rooftop. It looked like a tiny flickering star with lots of colors going up and up and up until it faded almost away.

  • Saw it from the Lincoln Memorial… great crowd out there for it and the midnight ride through all the monuments afterwards was awesome!

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