This week saw the launch of LADEE by NASA! The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer launched on Friday at 11:27 EDT.
The LADEE is on a mission to explore the atmosphere around the moon and to take a closer look at the dust that is seen emanating from the moon’s surface. The mission operations team for the LADEE are based at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. In addition to taking a closer look at the lunar atmosphere, the LADEE will also utilize experimental laser communications in an effort to better communication possibilities between Earth and spacecrafts. If successful, the new communications system will increase throughput by six times versus that of the traditional radio systems.