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1. Congratulations to LADEE on arrival at the Moon!

(Web Page; Sun Oct 06 08:33:00 CDT 2013)

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 ...

Description: 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.

2. Go LADEE!

(Web Page; Tue Sep 10 10:40:00 CDT 2013)

It was another party for space exploration last Friday as Planetary Radio Live once again took the stage at Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum. This week's episode of the show features selected excerpts, including ...

Description: Listen to or watch the recording of our live celebration for LADEE as the spacecraft blasted off for the moon.

3. Chang'e 3 and LADEE updates: Yutu active again, LADEE didn't detect landing

(Web Page; Tue May 29 05:36:00 CDT 2018)

Several people pointed me to a new update from CCTV containing a full 360-degree panorama around the Chang'e 3 lander. This is very cool, but my interest in it is tempered by the poor quality of the images being shared. We're looking at ...

Description: Chinese state television broadcast a display of a Chang'e 3 lander image; the Yutu rover is awake; and LADEE reports a surprising non-detection of the Chang'e 3 landing.

4. LADEE checkout phase successfully completed!

(Web Page; Sat Sep 14 06:30:00 CDT 2013)

Woo hoo! Some good news from the LADEE mission late this Friday, in the form of a "Project Manager Update" posted on the NASA website: The LADEE Observatory has completed the checkout phase of the mission, and is now in the cruise pha...

Description: Some good news to start your weekend: the newest member of our deep-space fleet, LADEE, has successfully completed its checkout phase and is now officially in its cruise phase. It is still in Earth orbit, headed for Lunar Orbit Insertion on Sunday, October 6.

5. Chang'e 3 and LADEE updates -- and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, too, for good measure

(Web Page; Fri May 18 14:31:00 CDT 2018)

Update Dec 6 7:54 a.m. PT: Chang'e 3 has arrived in lunar orbit. Chang'e 3 is just about to land on the Moon, and the LADEE orbiter has begun a new science mission there, while Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is still producing amazing imag...

Description: Chang'e 3 is just about to land on the Moon, and the LADEE orbiter has begun a new science mission there, while Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is still producing amazing images.

6. NASA's LADEE Spacecraft to Fly Through an Eclipse, Crash into the Lunar Surface on April 21st

(Web Page; Fri Apr 04 13:12:00 CDT 2014)

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) was always planned to be a short mission. And now, after a one-month extension of science activities, the LADEE team announced on Thursday that the mission would end sometime ...

Description: LADEE, NASA's latest robotic lunar spacecraft, will reach its planned end-of-mission on April 21st, when it will crash on the far side of the Moon.

7. Launch is coming! LADEE arrives at Wallops

(Web Page; Thu Jun 06 10:22:00 CDT 2013)

LADEE has arrived at its launch facility! The spacecraft was successfully delivered to NASA Wallops on June 4. Here are a couple of photos of the delivery. There's something that tickles my funny bone about this rather pedestrian ware...

Description: It's a big day for any space mission: the shipping of the spacecraft from its assembly facility to its launch facility. That happened for the next lunar mission, LADEE, on June 4, 2013.

8. LADEE spotted by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter!

(Web Page; Wed Jan 29 18:04:00 CST 2014)

Look closely at the image below. See a little streak at the center? That is LADEE, in its low orbit around the Moon, photographed by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on January 15. LADEE was only 9000 meters below, moving in its orbit at 160...

Description: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has managed to snap a photo of the other current lunar orbiter, LADEE, at the Moon.

9. LADEE prepares for launch

(Web Page; Thu Aug 22 19:02:00 CDT 2013)

Just yesterday I wrote about a mission preparing for launch to Mars; but before MAVEN even gets to the launch pad, we'll be seeing a launch toward the Moon. LADEE's launch window opens two weeks from today, on September 6. The brief litt...

Description: LADEE's launch window opens two weeks from today, on September 6. The brief little mission aims to study the lunar atmosphere and dust environment before future soft landings disturb its currently pristine state.

10. An extended mission for LADEE

(Web Page; Mon Feb 03 09:39:00 CST 2014)

From the start, the LADEE team has said that the peculiar circumstances of their mission's operational plan at the Moon left little possibility for an extended mission. It's a very small spacecraft flying in a very low orbit over a body ...

Description: The LADEE team has managed their fuel frugally enough to permit a one-month mission extension; they now plan to impact the Moon on or around April 21, 2014.

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