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LADEE Mission Animation: Updated Orbital Variations

NASA Ames' Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.

This animation shows the variations in the orbital path flown by LADEE. The high point of the LADEE's orbit will vary between 100 and 160 kilometers, while the low point will vary between 50 and 20km above the surface of the moon. At apoapsis (the point at which the spacecraft is farthest away from the moon), LADEE will fire its maneuvering thrusters to boost its orbit back to its starting point.

Note: Animation is silent with no audio/music track included.


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Last Updated: 16 Aug 2013