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NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic lunar orbit mission gathering detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.

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How did LADEE and LDRC measure it's distance from Lunar orbit to Earth to 1 centimeter accuracy using optical communications?

The video Donald Cornwell plenary talk: NASA's Optical Communications Program: 2015 and Beyond was presented at SPIE Photonics West 2015. It's a great talk and worth the time. LADEE had [the Laser ...
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When Chang'e-3 landed on the moon, did LADEE notice?

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) entered lunar orbit 2013-10-06, and Chang'e 3 landed 69 days later producing dust and gas on 2013-12-14. These were both quite interesting ...
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Why did NASA intentionally crash the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) on the moon?

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) was intentionally crashed into the moon by NASA but why did they crash the craft instead of leaving it in orbit, or was it a part of some ...
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How much power loss does the LLCD suffer in transit?

Space.com writes to say (freeform improved quote): The LLCD (Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration) space terminal is designed to beam data from the moon at a rate six times faster than the best ...
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Would a frog on the side of a rocket be enough to steer it substantially offcourse?

Recently, someone posted this picture in The Pod Bay, our chatroom: It shows a frog being blown off of the launch of LADEE, a lunar probe. It got me thinking: Would a frog, successfully holding on ...
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How big of a problem is the Lunar eclipse in April 2014 for LADEE?

I've been watching this NASA ScienceCasts video on YouTube (also published on NASA Science), and towards the end the narrator mentiones the end of life for the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust ...
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