NASA Solves Problem with LADEE After Launch

  • Sep 8, 2013 12:16pm GMT

NASA engineers have solved a problem with the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) after the reaction wheels, which stabilize the spacecraft during flight, failed after launch.

"The reaction wheel issue noted soon after launch was resolved a few hours later," said S. Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center. "The LADEE spacecraft is healthy and communicating with mission operators."

LADEE is designed to "orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust," NASA said.

"A thorough understanding of these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well," NASA said.

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