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NASA launches robotic explorer to moon from Va

3:25 PM, Sep 7, 2013   |    comments
  • This time exposure from 2 miles away shows people watching NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), the first moon mission from the Wallops Flight Facility, lifting-off on a Minotaur 5 rocket on September 6, 2013 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceports in Walops Island,Virginia. The 280 million USD unmanned mission seeks to study lunar atmosphere and conditions near the moon's surface. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • WALLOPS ISLAND, VA - SEPTEMBER 6: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory launches aboard the Minotaur V rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on September 6, 2013 in Wallops Island, Virginia. LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon where it will provide unprecedented information about the environment around t
  • WALLOPS ISLAND, VA - SEPTEMBER 6: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory launches aboard the Minotaur V rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on September 6, 2013 in Wallops Island, Virginia. LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon where it will provide unprecedented information about the environment around t
    
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KUSA- NASA's newest robotic explorer has already run into some equipment trouble. NASA officials say the LADEE (LA'-dee) spacecraft was spinning too fast after it separated from the final rocket stage.

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