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dvandorn
post Sep 7 2013, 03:42 AM
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That thing leapt off the pad like there was something a-comin' after it and it didn't dare to look back...

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post Sep 7 2013, 04:09 AM
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Minotaur sure doesn't dawdle staging between 1 and 2, does it?
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post Sep 7 2013, 05:37 AM
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If you missed the launch...
NASA TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf0SIRxXvRo
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post Sep 7 2013, 06:04 AM
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press conf now beginning on NASA TV. at a confortable 8 AM here in Europe (yes, we were mostly sleeping during the launch itself...)
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post Sep 7 2013, 07:03 AM
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QUOTE (Paolo @ Sep 7 2013, 07:04 AM) *
press conf now beginning on NASA TV. at a confortable 8 AM here in Europe (yes, we were mostly sleeping during the launch itself...)

I confirm, Paolo! wink.gif
After picture-perfect launch, in the press conference they told about safe-mode due to a reaction wheel issue... let's hope they will solve soon!

PS: this image is fantastic!
http://spaceweather.com/gallery/full_image..._1378531705.jpg


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post Sep 7 2013, 11:26 AM
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Thanks for posting the video, Astro0; just got home from work & immediately came here to look for same! smile.gif

And what Gordan & oDoug said...that thing scoots. Talk about a bat out of hell. Nice little booster.


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post Sep 7 2013, 10:02 PM
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Hi,

The NASA Social media event for the launch and mission of LADEE was a fairly intense two days. NASA did a great job of not running us beyond our limits, but filling our days with educational activity. We heard about many topics in addition to LADEE flight and science.

Pix are up on G+, although without captions.
https://plus.google.com/photos/102180409349...875210826437601
https://plus.google.com/photos/102180409349...879400957736705

A first reflection on the whole experience can be found here.
https://plus.google.com/1021804093492001763...sts/YxPAWcGqHdy

In depth study notes (as I like to call more technical [g+ length] posts), will take me a year to dig into. But will be coming on G+.

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post Sep 7 2013, 10:47 PM
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Update on reaction wheel problem via Twitter:

@NASALADEE's reaction wheels were successfully brought back on-line. Get the latest as LADEE heads to the moon at http://www.nasa.gov/ladee
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post Sep 10 2013, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE (ChrisC @ Sep 6 2013, 09:50 PM) *
Oh, it's definitely different from radio alright. About 4-5 orders of magnitude different. The far higher frequencies of light mean a far smaller beamwidth than a typical radio link, so they have to use spatial searching algorithms. See this video (cued up to the right moment) for a very brief discussion of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03BN7_4N0yQ&t=38s


Thanks for the links! I thought there had to be some kind of active aiming refinement.

BTW: I saw the launch, from northern Massachusetts, over 360 miles away.

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post Sep 11 2013, 06:35 AM
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In her LADEE coverage, Emily Lakdawalla states that the Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX) has heritage from Cassini CAPS (Cassini Plasma Spectrometer). I wonder if that is correct. CAPS measures the energy and electrical charge of particles such as electrons and protons and LDEX is an impact ionization dust detector. Emily probably mixed it up with Cassini's CDA (Cosmic Dust Analyzer).
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post Sep 11 2013, 07:00 AM
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QUOTE (bobik @ Sep 11 2013, 01:35 AM) *
In her LADEE coverage, Emily Lakdawalla states that the Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX) has heritage from Cassini CAPS (Cassini Plasma Spectrometer). I wonder if that is correct. CAPS measures the energy and electrical charge of particles such as electrons and protons and LDEX is an impact ionization dust detector. Emily probably mixed it up with Cassini's CDA (Cosmic Dust Analyzer).


Yes, I recall that the LDEX and NMS instruments started from previous work. The NMS is very close to the instrument on CASSINI. I put a couple links here http://www.spacetweepsociety.org/2013/09/0...light-facility/
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post Sep 11 2013, 01:32 PM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Sep 6 2013, 11:42 PM) *
That thing leapt off the pad like there was something a-comin' after it and it didn't dare to look back...

-the other Doug


A group of us were lucky enough to view the launch, I thought for sure we would not make it off the pad on the first try with such a small window.Tried to video the event however as you said it was so fast off that pad I have about 5 seconds of it then just the sound of the rocket. :-)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fxmurphy/9705...157635443442680
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post Sep 11 2013, 05:02 PM
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QUOTE (Big Joe @ Sep 11 2013, 08:32 AM) *
A group of us were lucky enough to view the launch, I thought for sure we would not make it off the pad on the first try with such a small window.Tried to video the event however as you said it was so fast off that pad I have about 5 seconds of it then just the sound of the rocket. :-)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fxmurphy/9705...157635443442680


nice photo rig!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fxmurphy/9703712171/
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post Sep 12 2013, 03:47 PM
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Ooops! It appears a frog may have given its life for the conquest of space:

[url="http://www.nbcnews.com/science/frog-pops-nasa-photo-ladee-rocket-launch-did-it-croak-8C11134276"]

And the image:

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Paolo
post Feb 1 2014, 09:01 AM
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the LADEE mission has been extended one more lunar day (28 Earth days) and the probe will crash on the Moon "on or around April 21, 2014"
http://www.nasa.gov/ames/nasa-extends-moon...ellite-mission/
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