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Nasa LADEE Moon probe ready for lift off

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Posted in Science on 7th Sep, 2013 05:42 AM by AlexMuller

The US space agency (Nasa) is about to launch its latest mission to the Moon.

 

The unmanned LADEE probe is set to lift-off from the Wallops rocket facility on the US east coast at 23:27 local time (04:27 GMT on Saturday).

 

Its $280m (£180m) mission is to investigate the very tenuous atmosphere that surrounds the lunar body.

 

It will also try to get some insights on the strange behaviour of moondust, which appears on occasions to levitate high above the surface.

 

In addition, LADEE will test a new laser communications system that Nasa hopes at some point to put on future planetary missions. Lasers have the capacity to transmit data at rates that dwarf conventional radio connections.



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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-07
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I would like to thank the author of the article, It is well written and actually quite informative. Good job on reporting this even. Hopes of success to NASA on getting this one up there and to get some good information back. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-13
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M7NyZy Great post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-15
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7nZQwy Im obliged for the article.Really thank you! Great. Reply


 

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