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NASA's LADEE lunar probe takes off from Virginia aboard a Minotaur V rocket. (Credit: Screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET) There's a bizarre glow on the moon and scientists have launched a probe to figure out what it is. A Minotaur V rocket roared into the skies above Virginia late Friday carrying the super sleuth robot, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), which will examine the moon's infinitesimal atmosphere and dust. The $280 million mission began with a textbook launch, visible to millions along the East Coast, as the probe was carried aloft at 11:27 PM EDT f...
07.09.2013 NASA rocket launch to the moon visible to East Coast tonight
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer will orbit the Moon to gather information on its atmosphere and surface conditions. It launches from Wallops Island, Va. tonight at 11:27 p.m. ET. (Credit: NASA) If the typical bevy of Friday night activities seem just too boring to bear, try out a rocket launch instead. At roughly 11:27 p.m. ET tonight, NASA will launch its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) onboard an Orbital-made Minotaur V rocket. The launch is the first to take place at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., and will be visibl...