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And as Dragon goes up, LADEE goes down....

Actually, it went down late last night.  But RIP LADEE, NASA’s latest lunar mission.  LADEE’s mission was always meant to end this way, a consequence of the low orbit it required to conduct its mission passing through the moon’s lumpy gravitational field and extremely tenuous atmosphere, and gradually easing lower to get ever more sensitive measurements.   101 more words

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NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact into the Moon

From a NASA press release, April 18, 2014:

Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the Moon, as planned, on Thursday, April 17. 231 more words

06. The Terrestrial Planets: Earth, Moon, And Their Relatives

So what does an eclipse look like from the Moon?

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, we’ll be treated to a total lunar eclipse.  But the spacecraft at the Moon will get a solar eclipse instead, as the Earth crosses in front of the Moon.   359 more words

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Libration - and the wobbly Moon.

The Moon has a wobble. Observations of the Moon show a wobble (Libration) during its synchronously locked orbit around Earth.

The trouble with Libration is that a picture (or in this case, a video) can explain so much better the effect an elliptical orbit and the rotational synchronicity can have on the image an astronomical body has when observed from Earth. 8 more words

HALO ESV - Mission Awareness

SEEING A DIFFERENT SIDE OF OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBOR

SEEING A DIFFERENT SIDE OF OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBOR

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). CLICK photo for larger view and look below for information and links. 620 more words

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Spaceflight news - Moon's Dust Halo Finally Discovered By NASA's LADEE Spacecraft.

(Huffington Post Science)

After decades of searching, NASA scientists have detected the veil of dust kicked up by tiny meteoroid impacts on the moon. The Apollo astronauts and many spacecraft had tried to detect sunlight reflected from the dust and failed. 115 more words

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NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic Of Lunar North Pole

Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. 156 more words

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