LADEE: Fly Me to the Moon
LADEE to the Moon
Rachel L. Smith, director, Astronomy & Space Observation Research Lab/Assistant Professor
NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Appalachian State University
Dr. Smith will present an overview of the NASA robotic mission, LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer). She will describe the innovative instruments, scientific endeavors, and details surrounding the launch to the Moon, scheduled to occur the evening of September 6 at 11:27pm from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The Modular Common Spacecraft Bus Lander configuration in a hover test in 2008. Signature from Buzz Aldrin-Apollo 11 Lunar Module pilot and the second person to walk on the Moon—is visible on the lander Photo: NASA.
NASA’s Newest Moon-Port
Ages 8 and older
A 45-minute overview of the Wallops Flight Facility, the Minotaur rocket that will get it there, and details on how we might be able to see the launch from central and eastern North Carolina.
Minotaur V Stacking at Sunrise: Engineers at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia prepare to stack the United States Air Force's Minotaur V rocket operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va., for the launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Photo: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black.