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Introducing the LADEE Spacecraft

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NASA Ames Introduces LADEE Spacecraft Animation

NASA Ames' Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.

LADEE's scheduled Sep. 5, 2013, launch will mark several firsts. It will be the first payload to launch on a U.S. Air Force Minotaur V rocket integrated by Orbital Sciences Corp., and the first deep space mission to launch from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility.

Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

Note: Animation is silent with no audio/music track included.

For more information about the LADEE mission, please visit

http://www.nasa.gov/LADEE

For more information about NASA Ames, please visit

http://www.nasa.gov/ames

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NASA Ames LADEE Mission - Lunar Orbital Insertion Animation

NASA Ames' Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. LADEE is scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sept. 6, 2013.

This animation is a representation of lunar orbital insertion, which is the path the spacecraft follows when it is captured by the Moon's gravity and enters lunar orbit.

Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

Note: Animation is silent with no audio/music track included.

For more information about the LADEE mission, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/LADEE

For more information about NASA Ames, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/ames

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NASA Ames LADEE Mission - Science Collection / Orbital Variation / Lunar Atmosphere

NASA Ames' Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. LADEE is scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sept. 6, 2013.

This animation is contains three shots:

1) A close up view of the Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX) instrument. LDEX operates by detecting the ions generated when tiny particles of dust impact the back of the instrument at extremely high speed. The data collected will be used to calculate the mass, density, speed and electric charge of the lunar dust.

2) The variations in the orbital path flown by LADEE. The high point of the LADEE's orbit will vary between 100 and 160 kilometers, while the low point will vary between 50 and 20km above the surface of the moon.

3) A representation of the light from the sun scattering through the lunar atmosphere as LADEE flies past at sunset.

Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

Note: Animation is silent with no audio/music track included.

For more information about the LADEE mission, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/LADEE

For more information about NASA Ames, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/ames

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NASA Ames LADEE Mission: Meteorite Impact on the Moon

NASA Ames' Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. LADEE is scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sept. 6, 2013.

In this animation, a meteorite impacts the lunar surface. Scientists believe meteorite impacts are among the major sources for the lunar exosphere and lofted dust. Telescopes with apertures from eight to 14 inches are ideal to detect and record flashes from meteoroid impacts on the lunar surface. During the LADEE Mission, NASA would like to maximize the number of observers watching for and recording lunar meteoroid impacts to correlate these events with any changes LADEE's instruments might detect in the structure and composition of the lunar atmosphere.

Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

Note: Animation is silent with no audio/music track included

For more information about the LADEE mission, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/LADEE

For more information about NASA Ames, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/ames

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NASA Ames LADEE Mission: Mission Ending

NASA Ames' Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. LADEE is scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sept. 6, 2013.

After the science phase of the mission is complete and the spacecraft has exhausted its fuel supply, flight controllers will program a controlled descent to the lunar surface. This will allow scientists to measure the density and properties of the lunar dust until just a few feet above the lunar surface.

Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

Note: Animation is silent with no audio/music track included.

For more information about the LADEE mission, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/LADEE

For more information about NASA Ames, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/ames

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