Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)

acd13-0101-003.jpg MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer
Mission type: Lunar Orbiter
Launch date: September 6, 2013
Launch vehicle: Minotaur V
Launch site: Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island
Mission duration: 100 days (nominal), up to 9 months
Status: Launched, in transit to Moon (30 days)
Overview: LADEE will orbit around the Moon's equator, and use instruments aboard the spacecraft to study the lunar exosphere and dust in the Moon's vicinity. Instruments will include a dust detector, a neutral mass spectrometer, and an ultraviolet-visible spectrometer, as well as a technology demonstration, a laser communications (lasercomm) terminal.
major science goals:
- Determine the global density, composition, and time variability of the fragile lunar atmosphere before it is perturbed by further human activity;
- Determine if the Apollo astronaut sightings of diffuse emission at tens of kilometers above the surface were sodium glow or dust and;
- Document the dust impactor environment (size-frequency) to help guide design engineering for the outpost and also future robotic missions.

WEB RESOURCES
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NASA/JPL Links
LADEE - Main site
LADEE - NASA Science
LADEE - NASA NSSDC

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IMAGES______________________

LADEE_Spacecraft.jpg LADEE Instruments

MOVIES ___________________

LADEE-Movies.png LADEE Mission Overview

INTERACTIVES______________

SS-simulator.jpg Solar System Simulator - JPL

logo-eotss-main.png Eyes on the Universe - JPL

MapAPlanet-banner.jpg Map a Planet - USGS

Documents and PowerPoints
LADEE Press Kit.pdf
Minotaur V Factsheet.pdf
LLCD Factsheet.pdf

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