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Emily LakdawallaOctober 6, 2013

Congratulations to LADEE on arrival at the Moon!

After a one-month journey from Earth to the Moon, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) safely entered orbit at 10:57 UTC today, October 6. More details are available in a story from Spaceflight Now, but not from NASA, because NASA's public affairs offices are closed due to the government shutdown.

Or you can just enjoy the happiness of LADEE's navigators:

#LADEE real time online visualization using STK http://t.co/oePlMtKVNG

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

#LADEE LOI-1 Animation. Watch the lunar period and Apoapsis altitude change when Lunar Eccentricity goes below 1.0 http://t.co/N81sQvkLsG

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

#LADEE 5.5 Hrs to LOI http://t.co/ub3y6xt8VZ

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

#LADEE 1.5 hrs to LOI http://t.co/9ID31g56l3 via @Astrg8trs_guild

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

# LADEE Update: 30 min to LOI http://t.co/TfejE3zAmt

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

#LADEE Update: 15 min to LOI http://t.co/0jp3eKK5Zm

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

#LADEE we have AOS, all go for LOI-1.

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

#LADEE we are in orbit!

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

#LADEE in Lunar Orbit http://t.co/a2l2Ycme5v

— Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) October 6, 2013

S-Band downlink from #LADEE showing GS lock and Doppler inversion http://t.co/JQGkLGr1D5 - Freq found by DF2MZ - nice work!!!

— UHF Satcom (@uhf_satcom) October 6, 2013
LADEE on the way to the Moon

NASA Ames / Dana Berry

LADEE on the way to the Moon

Read more: mission status, LADEE

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