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LADEE: Lunar Orbit

Mission Details

Mission Name: LADEE
Mission Type: Lunar Orbiter
Operator: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Launching State: United States
Location: Sundman V Crater Rim
Latitude: 11.849
Longitude: -93.249
Launch Date: 7 September 2013, 03:27:00 UT
Landing Date: ~18 April 2014, ~04:30 UT
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Image Source: NASA


NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere Dust and Environment Explorer—LADEE—was a robotic mission that orbited the Moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and the environmental influences on lunar dust.

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Heritage Consideration

LADEE confirmed the presence of neon in the lunar atmosphere for the first time.

Object on or Related to Site

Object Name: LADEE
Cospar: 2013-047A
Norad: N/A
Location: Precise location unknown or undisclosed.
Launch Date: 7 September 2013, 03:27 UT
Landing Date: ~18 April 2014, ~04:30 UT
Deployment: N/A
End Date: 9 October 1967
Function: Study lunar atmosphere.
Image Source: NASA


The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer was a NASA lunar exploration and technology demonstration mission. It was launched on a Minotaur V rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on September 7, 2013. During its seven-month mission, LADEE orbited around the Moon’s equator, using its instruments to study the lunar exosphere and dust in the Moon’s vicinity.

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