Saturday, 7 September 2013

LADEE Launch

Here's a short video of what is at first a television view of the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) countdown and then an outside shot of the actual spacecraft as it climbs out of our atmosphere and heads toward the moon.

Since this was shot, there has been official confirmation of the spacecraft's separation from the launch rocket, and all appears to be proceeding as planned.

It is significant that we are still permitted to visit the moon, presumably as long as we don't attempt to land there. I understand this will be just an orbital measurement exercise, so there will be no infringement of the 'no landings' directive from the moons owners/occupants...

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