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LADEE Science Results and Implications for ExplorationNASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, LADEE, concluded a fully successful investigation of the Moon's tenuous gas and dust atmosphere on April 18, 2014. LADEE hosted three science instruments to address atmospheric and dust objectives, and a technology demonstration of deep-space optical communication. The three science instruments were an ultraviolet-visible spectrometer (UVS), a neutral mass spectrometer (NMS), and a lunar dust experiment (LDEX). All data acquired by these instruments have been submitted to the Planetary Data System. A mission overview and science instrument descriptions are readily available. LADEE inserted into a low-altitude, retrograde lunar orbit optimized for observations at the sunrise terminator, where surface temperatures rise abruptly. LADEE also carried out observations over a wide range of local times and altitudes. Here we describe some of the initial results.
Document ID
20160000571
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Elphic, R. C.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
M. Horanyi
(Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO, United States)
Colaprete, A.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Benna
(Maryland Univ. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Mahaffy, P.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Delory, G. T.
(California Univ. Berkeley, CA, United States)
Noble, S. K.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Halekas, J. S.
(Iowa Univ. - IIHR Iowa City, IA, United States)
Hurley, D. M.
(Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Stubbs, T. J.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Saratos, M.
(Maryland Univ. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Kempf, S.
(Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO, United States)
Poppe, A.
(California Univ. Berkeley, CA, United States)
Szalay, J.
(Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO, United States)
Sternovsky, Z.
(Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO, United States)
Cooke, A. M.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Wooden, D. H.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Glenar, D.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
January 11, 2016
Publication Date
October 20, 2015
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Report/Patent Number
ARC-E-DAA-TN27029
Meeting Information
2015 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group(Columbia, MD)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNG06EO90A
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
LADEE
a lunar dust experiment (LDEX)
ultraviolet-visible spectrometer (UVS)
neutral mass spectrometer (NMS)
Moon

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