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NASA's LADEE Rocket Mission To Launch September 6

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the to-the-moon dept.


An anonymous reader writes "NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) will orbit Earth for three weeks before heading to the moon for a 100-day trip where it will measure lunar dust and the moon's atmosphere. from the article: 'A $6 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument designed to study the behavior of lunar dust will be riding on a NASA mission to the moon now slated for launch on Friday, Sept. 6, from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission, known as the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, will orbit the moon to better understand its tenuous atmosphere and whether dust particles are being lofted high off its surface. The $280 million LADEE mission, designed, developed, integrated and tested at NASA's AMES Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., will take about a month to reach the moon and another month to enter the proper elliptical orbit and to commission the instruments. A 100-day science effort will follow.'"

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No shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733205)


Because... (-1, Troll)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44733255)

It's worth spending $280 million taxpayer dollars to see if the moon is dusty?

Re:Because... (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733317)

I would have expected this sort of shortsighted shallow comment anywhere on the internet but not on slashdot.
How the times have changed...

Re:Because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733335)

I expect it here more than anywhere else.

Re:Because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733409)

And you'd think a /. poster would know how expensive it can be to get access to ladee parts!

Re:Because... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733449)

Not _if_ it's dusty, _how_ dusty. Then we can send the correct number of Roombas.

Re:Because... (3, Insightful)

Dereck1701 (1922824) | about a year ago | (#44733481)

Its a better use than $34 Million for a never used building in Afghanistan, over $1 billion on a DOD/VA health database that has been effectively scrapped, $66 billion on 187 fighter aircraft not likely to ever find a role in todays military.... I could go on but you get the idea.

Re:Because... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733597)

One night after pepper-spraying my friend's sister's Pomeranian, I had an epiphany. My friend was eating a bowl of corn-flakes trying to sober up, so I went to his momma's nightstand and took her vibrator downstairs, turning it on before throwing it in my friend's bowl of corn-flakes while he was in the restroom. So he comes out of the restroom and sees his bowl of cereal buzzing and walking across the table, ejecting corn flakes every now and then, and the look on his face was priceless -- it was the look you'd see on a White pastor's face after coming home to his wife being gang-banged by 6 niggas.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:Because... (1)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44733817)

So, your argument is that cutting someone's arm off is OK, because you're not killing them.

Re:Because... (2)

r1348 (2567295) | about a year ago | (#44733533)

Definitely yes, even if it explodes on launch, it's still $280 millions less spent blowing up people.

Re:Because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733749)

It's worth spending $280 million taxpayer dollars to see if the moon is dusty?

Probably more worth it than a $trillion+ on a bunch of war planes that are designed to do everything poorly for everyone, and that the enemies planes can outlast and outshoot already. Even one of said war planes of which costs vastly more than the piddly $280mil to see if the moon is dusty and how much atmosphere it has.

Re:Because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44736741)

The dust could affect future low-altitude orbiters, so studying it (with a satellite that has a low orbit itself) is useful for future missions.

To All Slashdotters (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733287)

Whenever you see a space article about an actually rocket going into space, Ask yourselves this: What is it's real, covert mission? (whether it be benevolent or malevolent)

Re:To All Slashdotters (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44733359)

To employ astronomers. The NSF has slashed science funding to a pittance during the sequester.

pl0s 4, Troll) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44734199)

fly...3on't Fear The 'community'

Anyone know a good viewing area? (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year ago | (#44734283)

I may head up that way just to see this launch. I have never watched any launch, and manned launches occur nowhere near me. This is a big rocket, and a night launch to boot, so if anyone knows the area and good spots to view I would appreciate it. The next trick is getting my GF to go along for something that may be weather cancelled/delayed and that she has little to no interest in.

Re:Anyone know a good viewing area? (2)

slserpent (898476) | about a year ago | (#44735115)

Assateague. No seriously, that's the name of it. It's a public beach directly east of Wallops. Probably costs a few dollars to get in. Or you can go to the Wallops Visitors Center. It's across the road from the facility and has a viewing area on the roof. It's free.

Re:Anyone know a good viewing area? (3, Informative)

Psion (2244) | about a year ago | (#44735763)

The visitor's center view of the launch facility is now blocked by a stand of trees that has grown considerably over the years. One recommended viewing area is on the causeway between Chincoteague and Assoteague Islands. []

Another possible site was a location I scouted out last weekend where Arbuckle Neck road dead-ends into Oyster Bay. That gave me this view of the launchpad area. [] The rocket pad itself is the last tall building to the right of the water tower.

Re:Anyone know a good viewing area? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44769797)

Arbuckle is closed for this launch... I wanted to go there too but no chance. See the article from Accomack County.

Re:Anyone know a good viewing area? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44740019)

Last launch a few months ago of the Antares rocket was easy to see from many locations within 20 miles. I went to Greenbackville, VA and was about 12 miles from it and was quite happy with the view. I am sure it would be exciting closer but so much of the area around there is open that it is easy to see.

Re:Anyone know a good viewing area? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44742787)

"In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Accomack County Board of Supervisors and the Town of Chincoteague, visitors to the area may view the launch from Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague or Beach Road spanning the area between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

The two sites will feature the LADEE launch countdown live and NASA personnel will be on hand to discuss the LADEE mission. In addition, a live broadcast of the launch operations will be shown on a big-screen projector in Robert Reed Park beginning at 9:30 p.m. on the day of launch."

I'll be at the Robert Reed Park with the wife and kids, can't wait! We extended our vacation in Chincoteague when we learned about the launch. We visited the visitor center yesterday, it was fun for all, even my wife who is not that enthused about space and tech... i just hope it goes up, the launch window is only a few minutes, if it does'nt go up they will try again the next day an hour later.. and again until sep10, always an hour later... which sucks since we leave on the 7th... in any case it'll be fun since i've always wanted to be at a launch since i've been a tiny geek :-)

pfunke (long time lurker, first time poster)

Interesting Launch Date (1)

ArcticBirdman (957505) | about a year ago | (#44734303)

Did no one catch on to fact that this is the first air date of the original Star Trek series James

Re:Interesting Launch Date (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about a year ago | (#44734757)

Indeed. And LADEE has a lot to learn if it wants people to think of it as a miracle worker.

Am I the only one... (1)

Guest316 (3014867) | about a year ago | (#44735187)

...who reads "NASA LADEE" in Jerry Lewis's voice?

Re:Am I the only one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44738133)

...who reads "NASA LADEE" in Jerry Lewis's voice?

No, you definitely are not :)

Named after my favorite Styx song (1)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | about a year ago | (#44735759)

From what I understand, the existing theory of UV dust excitement is pretty solid...sometimes I wish people would keep their own spoiler theories to themselves, especially when we send up a multi-million dollar spacecraft and the conclusion is "yep, it's like we always thought." KEEP IT TO YOURSELF IT WAS A SURPRISE TO ME UNTIL NOW.

NASA? (1)

David Govett (2825317) | about a year ago | (#44736383)

You remember NASA, don't you? That's the group who went to the moon over 40 years ago, but now has to ask the Russians to take a crap in space.

This story, next story (2)

EzInKy (115248) | about a year ago | (#44737877)

Don't take this wrong, I'm all for discussion of "stuff that matters" on /. But how can it really be that a story about rockets and moon gets, at the time of my posting, only 24 comments while a story about private schooling gets well over 600? Have all the nerds looking for news gone elsewhere?

Re: This story, next story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44740049)

I thought is said Japanese school girls

public science night at Ames Research Center (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44738575)

Tickets are free, but registration required, see [] , they say this will still occur even if launch is postponed. Ames held a science night for Curiosity and it was fantastic, carnival atmosphere with key people presenting the mission and discussing the science. There were exhibits and they provided free water (may be expensive but much cheaper than dealing with medical emergencies from dehydrated people). However, this is 5 pm to 9 pm, right on commute times where hwy 101, 237, and 85 converge (dang orbital mechanics).

I expect Ames video group will stream at [] (they have events shown here even when NASA-TV does not). They did the same for IRIS, footage is there to watch for those that didn't see it live.

Amateur radio participation in LADEE lunar science

and download the PDF of Brian Day's presentation at []

Yes, posting AC (can't find my /. password at the moment).

House Space Committee hearings asked (1)

swschrad (312009) | about a year ago | (#44740777)

if the LADEE was a boondoggle, particularly the Dust Analysis module which had an exorbitant cost. to which the NASA administrator replied, "Well, LADEE DA..."

Another Brick in the Moon (1)

Dabido (802599) | about a year ago | (#44755691)

Stand still, LADEE! Yes, yoo, LADEE! How can ya have any pudding if ya don' eat ya meat?
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