LADEE Launch Live Stream: Watch NASA's Moon Mission Take Off From Virginia [VIDEO]
NASA will launch its LADEE orbiter tonight, and there are a number of ways to watch online and in person as LADEE lights up the night sky. LADEE, which stands for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, will launch on September 6 at 11:27 p.m. EDT (or 3:27 GMT on September 7). The LADEE launch will will mark the first time a deep space mission has taken off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, as well as the first time spacecraft has launched on a U.S. Air Force Minotaur V rocket.
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"This vehicle will be launching at night, so it should be easily visible from a lot of locations on the East Coast," said Doug Voss, launch manager at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, last month.
If it's a clear night, millions of people will be able to see the LADEE launch. A series of viewing maps shows the areas that will have the best views of the LADEE launch. Naturally, the closer you are to Virginia, the better the view, but those as far west as Pittsburgh may even be able to glimpse the LADEE launch if the weather is right.
Those who live near Wallops Flight Facility can watch the LADEE launch from two public viewing sites: Robert Reed Park on Chincoteague Island and Beach Road between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.
If you are too far away from the LADEE launch to glimpse it, or the weather is cloudy, you can watch online at the NASA TV site, or the NASA TV Ustream page (embedded below). NASA TV's scheduled programming page shows the full list of pre- and post-LADEE coverage. Live LADEE launch commentary begins at 9:30 PM.
The $280 LADEE (pronounced "laddie," not "lady") will study the moon's atmosphere atmosphere, focusing on the role of lunar dust. The unmanned LADEE spacecraft will orbit the moon for 100 days collecting measurements.
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