On Friday, September 6th, NASA launches the LADEE probe to the moon to study a rarefied atmosphere and study dust particles.

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After launch, the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) spacecraft will spend 5 months on its way to the moon, checking the systems and going into the required, almost circular orbit at an altitude of about 50 km above the surface of the moon.

Interestingly, one of the mission's tasks is to elucidate the nature of the strange glow that astronauts observed on the surface of the moon observed. Below is a sketch of the glows and rays of the Apollo missions observed by astronauts during sunrises and sunsets on the moon.

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After completing the 100-day mission to study the thinnest atmosphere of the moon, the device will change its orbit to elliptical and move on to the next task set for it - to test an optical communication system with high bandwidth (more than 600 Mbit / s) Lunar Laser Com Demo (LLCD) . Using a laser, the probe will send and receive signals from the ground. The principle is similar to how a signal is transmitted via fiber optic cable.

The launch is scheduled for September 6 at 18:30 Kiev time (19:30 Moscow time). The launch will be made from the Wallops Cosmodrome . The spacecraft is already in the bow of the Minotaur-5 rocket .
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The launch will probably be broadcast online on the NASA channel . I suggest that on Friday evening everyone find 20 minutes of time and watch the launch, because it is so great.

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