LADEE LIFTS OFF for the MOON!Date: 09/11/2013
Category: Mission News & Science
By: Eve Halligan
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) on it's way to our Moon!
After a spectacular launch at 11:27 p.m. ET on September 6th, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft was successfully placed by the Minotaur V rocket into an elliptic orbit around Earth, as the start of our journey to the moon!
LADEE is doing fine and its trajectory to the moon is good. The LADEE spacecraft is currently in an elliptical orbit around Earth, about 162,000 miles (260,000 Km) in altitude. Mission controllers are now performing an extended checkout phase including guidance, navigation and control characterization, reaction control system tests, and on-board controller tuning.
LADEE will continue with two more of these elliptical orbits until it is captured around the moon to do its initial Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI-1) burn on Sunday Oct. 6th. At which point, it will maintain a lunar orbit. For the latest news and information relating to the LADEE mission, please visit: NASA LADEE Mission.
Looking for ways to connect your community and programs to the LADEE mission and current lunar science? Visit our page for programming ideas and ways to get involved: LADEE Programming Guide.
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