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LADEE Mission Animation: Orbital Variation / Lunar Atmosphere

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 contains three shots:

1) A close up view of the Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX) instrument. LDEX operates by detecting the ions generated when tiny particles of dust impact the back of the instrument at extremely high speed. The data collected will be used to calculate the mass, density, speed and electric charge of the lunar dust.

2) 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.

3) A representation of the light from the sun scattering through the lunar atmosphere as LADEE flies past at sunset.

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

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Last Updated: 16 Aug 2013