NASA crew begins countdown for moon orbit mission launch
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 01:05
Aug. 22 - A NASA mission is in its final steps as crews prepare to send a car-sized explorer into orbit around the moon. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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NASA is less than two weeks from launching a small, car-sized lunar explorer into orbit around the moon to collect new data about the composition of the lunar atmosphere.
The mission, known by the acronym LADEE for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, will launch September 6 and has many firsts, "including the first flight of the Minotaur V rocket, testing of a high-data-rate laser communication system, and the first launch beyond Earth orbit from the agency's Virginia Space Coast launch facility," according to NASA.
The crews hope the information gathered will help them understand other bodies in the solar system.
The first phase of the mission will last 100 days.
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