- Launch Date September 06, 2013
- Arrival Date September 08, 2013
- End DateApril 16, 2014
- Mission TypeOrbiter
- TargetThe Moon
LADEE gathered detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and studied how dust is being lofted into the lunar sky.
Relevance to Astrobiology
Studying characteristics of the lunar atmosphere provides clues about similar processes on other rocky bodies in the Solar System, including large asteroids, Mercury, and the moons of outer planets. Many of these celestial bodies are relevant as targets of astrobiology research.
NASA Astrobiology Involvement
The Astrobiology Program supports efforts to develop models based on data from the LADEE mission. These models are used to study the molecular composition of the lunar atmosphere.
NAINASA Ames Research Center Team Co-I Davis is developing models to ascertain the molecular composition of the tenuous lunar atmosphere by analyzing the scattering data from satellite instrumentation.