LADEE, managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., is scheduled for launch at 11:27 p.m. EDT on Sept. 6 from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, at Wallops. 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. A thorough understanding of these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well.
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As always with NASA projects there is a lot of symbolism in these missions, even the timing of the event seems to part of the symbolism.
I’m curious, with what money did they pay for this with? We are doing so well that pointless missions are given green light? Really?