NASA Craft to Sniff Moondust, Test Laser Broadband

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NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) will suck up dust and gas floating above the Moon to catalog the ingredients of the thin lunar atmosphere. LADEE project scientist Richard Elphic says the orbiter will also shoot data from the Moon using a laser, in the first test of space-based broadband.

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Rick Elphic

Rick Elphic is a collaborator in EVA crew/science support for BASALT. He’s at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

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About Christopher Intagliata

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