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LDEX is ready to launch

September 4, 2013

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Set to launch on Friday, September 6th is NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). LADEE will gather information about the lunar atmosphere and the dust environment over a four month mission. The instruments aboard LADEE are an Ultraviolet and Visible light Spectrometer (UVS), a Neutral Mass Spectrometer (NMS), and the Lunar Dust EXperiment (LDEX). LDEX was provided by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and will obtain information regarding the characteristics of lunar dust. The information provided by LDEX will answer questions about the lunar surface that have existed since the Apollo missions.  The principal investigator of LDEX is Dr. Mihály Horányi.

More information about LDEX can be found here.

A Daily Camera article discussing LDEX and its mission can be found here.

Further information regarding LADEE can be found here.

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