Thursday, December 12, 2013

LADEE 1st Results

Hey Space Placers!

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is in orbit around the Moon.

LADEE has commenced making its first science observations and has begun to detect lunar dust impacts and identify components in the Moon's exosphere. This is very exciting and will only get better as more observations are made in the upcoming months.

LADEE gets as close as 12-miles above the Moon in its orbit which is really close. I expect that more dust impacts will be observed, perhaps even during tomorrow's start of the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower - I'll have my blog on the shower tomorrow.

Look up at the Moon tonight and wave at LADEE.

Sky Guy in VA

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