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  • LADEE reveals the force of meteoroid strikes on lunar exosphere

    Jim SharkeyDecember 19th, 2015

    NASA researchers have announced new findings about the Moon's exosphere, the thin layer of gas surrounding the Moon that's one 25-trillionth of the density of Earth's atmosphere. Data collected by NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft indicates the meteoroid strikes cause a predictable increase in the amount of two key elements within the lunar exosphere.

  • NASA’s Ames Research Center wins Popular Mechanics award for third time

    Rae Botsford EndOctober 10th, 2014

    NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission has been recognized as a recipient of the 2014 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards, a recognition that has applauded innovation in science and technology annually for the past ten years. The spacecraft was “designed, developed, built, integrated, tested and controlled” by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett […]

  • LADEE makes impact on the lunar surface

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 20th, 2014

    On April 17th, between 9:30pm and 10:22pm PDT, NASA’s Lunar Atmospheric and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) intentionally crashed into the lunar surface after completing its scientific mission to study the Moon in greater depth. The vending machine sized spacecraft was developed by NASA’s Ames Research Center and launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility back in […]

  • LADEE’s mission planners plot spacecraft’s demise

    Jason RhianApril 4th, 2014

    NASA’s team of engineers working on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. On Thursday, April 3, LADEE team members, Rick Elphic, the mission’s project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Butler Hine, LADEE’s project manager at Ames and Joan Salute, LADEE program executive detailed how LADEE will fly through the total lunar eclipse which will take place […]

  • LADEE sends its first images of the Moon back to Earth

    NASAMarch 5th, 2014

    Earlier this month, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory successfully downlinked images of the moon and stars taken by onboard camera systems, known as star trackers. This is the first time the LADEE team commanded the spacecraft to send these pictures back to Earth.

  • NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation head points way to the future

    Jason RhianFebruary 3rd, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — During the hours prior to the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite “L” (TDRS-L, now known as TDRS-12) SpaceFlight Insider sat down with Badri Younes, NASA’s deputy associate administrator for its Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program office. He had a lot to say. Not just about the importance of […]

  • NASA’s LADEE spacecraft gains historic snapshot, mission extension

    James TuttenFebruary 3rd, 2014

    NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft will continue its successful mission with an announced extension of 28 days in orbit. This follows a first-ever high-bandwidth laser communication which took place from the Moon to the Earth. It also included continued atmospheric analyses, and a tricky snapshot by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), […]

  • A Lunar Sunrise: LADEE Scientific Mission Profile

    Josh TallisDecember 14th, 2013

    All systems are go for NASA’s newest lunar orbiter to conduct its primary science mission. LADEE, the “Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer”, was launched Sept. 6, 2013 to help find the answer to a puzzle which was first put forward by astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan back in 1972 on humanity’s last crewed mission to […]

  • Carnival of Space #326 Hosted by Photos To Space

    SpaceFlight InsiderNovember 1st, 2013

    The following Carnival of Space was sponsored by Photos to Space: Welcome to this week’s edition of the Carnival of Space. Space is a really big and really busy place. Each week we find more to explore and more ways to explore what we find. Just when we think we might have it all figured […]

  • LADEE data-transfer makes history

    Jason RhianOctober 24th, 2013

    NASA has achieved a historical milestone in terms of transmitting data across the gulf of space. Using the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD), the space agency has sent a pulsed stream of data via a laser to the Moon. The rate which made history? Some 622 megabits per second (Mbps) was sent across the 239,000 […]

  • Juno and LADEE succeed despite shutdown

    Jim SiegelOctober 17th, 2013

    While Congress and the White House continued their stalemate that caused a partial shutdown of the federal government and most of NASA, two NASA space probes achieved milestones in pursuit of their ultimate mission goals.  Juno, launched two years ago into a counter-intuitive slingshot orbit, flew back near Earth as it proceeds to its destination, […]

  • NASA’s LADEE spacecraft reaches Moon month after launch

    Jim SiegelOctober 8th, 2013

    NASA’s latest lunar probe, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), successfully entered a stable lunar orbit on October 6, 2013, following its September 7, 2013 launch from Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.  Despite the partial federal government shutdown that idled an estimated 97 percent of the NASA workforce, sufficient “excepted” engineers and technicians at […]