NASA says explorer might be seen over Maine

4:03 PM, Sep 6, 2013   |    comments
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)Image Credit: NASA
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia (NEWS CENTER) According to NASA, New Englanders could possibly see the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer fly overhead tonight.

The LADEE is expected to launch at 11:27pm Friday night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Because of clear skys, people in Maine might have a clear view of seeing it fly over Maine airspace.

According to NASA's website, "the small car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A thorough understanding of these characteristics of our nearest celestial neighbor will help researchers understand other bodies in the solar system, such as large asteroids, Mercury, and the moons of outer planets."

NASA will have coverage on their website starting Friday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 p.m and on their NASA TV channel as well.

For more information about the LADEE mission, visit:

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