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January 26, 2019

Trump Eats Craw After A Woman Tells Him He's Not King Like Putin and Live Earth Views From Space St.

First, before you see these live images: Trump eats craw twice! All had to happen was someone of courage which the speaker of the hosue of representatives is and did and a woman, grandmother stuck it to Trump. You will notice he is got no names for her like he gives all women working in government. No 'Pocahontas" here but a Californian woman who is been there for LGBT, AIDS crisis and every other crisis, speaker Nancy pelosi. She let him know he was not going to come to Congresss and he then found out a President is not a king like putin. Then his world fell apart. Governemnt is opneing up with less than they offered him before.


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By NASA: 
Behold, the Earth! See live views of Earth from the International Space Station coming to you by NASA's High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence through the different cameras. If you are seeing a black image, the Space Station is on the night side of the Earth. If you are seeing an image with text displayed, the communications are switching between satellites and camera feeds are temporarily unavailable. Between camera switches, a black & gray slate will also briefly appear. The experiment was activated on April 30, 2014 and is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the Earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit: https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ESRS/HDEV/ Please note: The HDEV cycling of the cameras will sometimes be halted, causing the video to only show select camera feeds. This is handled by the HDEV team, and is only scheduled on a temporary basis. Nominal video will resume once the team has finished their scheduled event.

December 1, 2018

NASA Roasts SpaceX CEO Elon Musk for Public Pot Smoking Like Nuts on a Roasting Fire




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 1. Let's see if this is as good as any of my rockets 2. Let'sts see if it takes me to at least the Int. Space Station
3. I really don't give a rat's arse, just feeling ~~ G r o o v y~~



  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's smoking weed on a livestreamed podcast in September "was not appropriate behavior," according to The Atlantic.
  • Bridenstine said he had "a number of conversations" with Musk about the incident, adding, "You won't be seeing that again."
  • Bridenstine confirmed he ordered safety reviews of SpaceX and Boeing, another NASA contractor, after Musk smoked on the podcast, but he said that was always the plan.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters on Thursday that Elon Musk's smoking weed live on the internet "did not inspire confidence," The Atlantic reported
Musk's company SpaceX became the focus of a NASA safety reviewafter he smoked cannabis on a livestreamed "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast in September. 
Bridenstine commented publicly on the incident for the first time on Thursday, telling reporters, according to The Atlantic: "I will tell you that was not helpful, and that did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of these organizations need to take that as an example of what to do when you lead an organization that's going to launch American astronauts." 
Bridenstine said he ordered safety reviews of SpaceX and Boeing, another NASA contractor — which were first reported by The Washington Post earlier this month — but stressed that he had wanted the reviews of their corporate culture before Musk was filmed smoking weed.  
According to The Atlantic, Bridenstine said his decision was influenced by tragedies in NASA's history, including the Apollo 1 fire in 1967, which killed three astronauts during a ground test, as well as the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters in 1986 and 2003. 
Bridenstine said that a frequent question was whether the culture at NASA and its contractors contributed to those accidents. "Were there people that were raising a red flag that we didn't listen to, and ultimately did that culture contributes to the failure and, in those cases, to disaster?" he said. 
The Atlantic's Marina Koren asked Bridenstine whether Musk's actions on the podcast constituted a red flag. "I think those were not helpful," he responded. 
Bridenstine also said he had "a number of conversations" with Musk about his behavior.  
"I will tell you, he is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that that was not appropriate behavior, and you won't be seeing that again," Bridenstine said of Musk. 
SpaceX and NASA did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

July 2, 2018

Live Launch of SpaceX CRS-15 "The Dragon Spacecraft"






Updated on July 2, 2018, at 2:15 p.m.
Three days after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft -- with NASA's ECOSTRESS in tow -- was installed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony module at 6:52 a.m. PDT (9:52 a.m. EDT) on Monday, July 2.
ECOSTRESS will be taken off the Dragon spacecraft and robotically installed on the exterior of the station's Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility Unit on Thursday night/Friday morning.
An Earth science instrument built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and experiments investigating cellular biology and artificial intelligence, are among the research heading to the International Space Station following Friday's launch of a NASA-contracted SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 5:42 a.m. EDT.

April 24, 2018

What Smells Like Farts and Rotten Eggs?


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What Smells Like Farts and Rotten Eggs?             Ur anus
“If an unfortunate human were ever to descend through Uranus’s clouds, they would be met with very unpleasant and odoriferous conditions,” study co-author Patrick Irwin of the University of Oxford told to the BBC.
Researchers have long wondered about the composition of the clouds high up in Uranus' sky — specifically, whether they're dominated by ammonia ice, as at Jupiter and Saturn, or by hydrogen sulfide ice, reported Space.com. The answer has proved elusive, because it's tough to make observations with the required detail on distant Uranus, Space.com reports.
The scientists made the discovery by looking at Uranus through a telescope at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and spotted the noxious gas swirling above its clouds, reported ABC.Net.
"We were able to detect the 'fingerprint' of (hydrogen sulphide) in the light reflected from Uranus's clouds," Irwin told ABC.Net. "From the strength of the fingerprint, we were able to figure out how much (hydrogen sulphide) is present at the cloud tops."
That's the same gas that gives rotten eggs their distinctive, noxious scent.
However, human travelers to the planet would likely have other things to worry about, say researchers.
“Suffocation and exposure in the negative 200 degrees Celsius (-392 Fahrenheit) atmosphere… would take its toll long before the smell,” Irwin was quoted as saying byTime.com.
The discovery is considered valuable in understanding Uranus' birthplace, evolution and refining models of planetary migrations, reported ABC.net.



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December 8, 2016

John Glenn Dead at 95




Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. He was 95. Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

August 3, 2016

Electric Image Over South Pacific 06-22-2010


                                                                     
 An Astronaut takes a walk while fixing the Hubble Space Telescope




Thank you for going this far (06-22-2010)  to the read all the wonderful news, human stories, political and nature, earth and space of Adamfoxie Blog International. I have to apologize that after seeing action on this old page I was curious and I also was wanting to see what was down there. To my dismay the picture was not there, everything else was. There were no words to this image but the page was there with all the blog information.. The point of the image besides beauty was to show that one picture is better than a thousand words.


Things are done differently than 6 and a half years ago as you all know. Blogs, media, pictures they all have changed for the better. This blog technologically has been able to grow with changes but keep enough that you can go back to the beginning. This is not because something that I am doing now but the forethought I had thinking this blog was going to last many years. I didn’t know that,
I did things just in case it was going to be here forever.  As such the blog was done library style in which you can go and read up any posting no matter how old.  You can search by tittle, words and “label” the easiest and fastest one is “label” You can guess what the label is if you know the subject and if you know the title or parts of it. The label is located at the very bottom of each story.

I was able to retrieve the missing picture on that page and then I added a description.

For you interested in going down to the past the tittle of the posting is:
 Electric Image over South Pacific and you either do a search by label (Pacific Ocean or Space) or click on the tittle (wanted to make it as easy as possible without rewriting the posting) because then it will take the experience away of going back to the past.
It brought so many memories to June 6, 2010. Many I lost but many I keep the flavor of them inside. How about you if you go down to that date? Why don’t you think of how you were doing,  things  you were involved with or people and if you remember what was the most thing or things that occupied your mind and heart back then.

Thank you for being a reader and thank you for being an explorer of events in a capsule since 2009.

Adam Gonzalez
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April 8, 2016

NASA Reveals Solar Eclipses Image and Graphics



Solar eclipses,NASA,Indonesia
 Observers in parts of Southeast Asia will be treated to a celestial spectacle,S olar eclipses next week — a total eclipse of the sun.The total solar eclipse will occur Wednesday (March 9) local time (Tuesday, March 8, EST). It will begin over the Indian Ocean, then darken sections of Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and other islands before petering out in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Hawaii

Many eclipse-chasers are making the long journey to see Solar eclipses as firsthand

The moon’s dark umbral shadow will first strike the Earth’s surface over the eastern Indian Ocean about 900 miles (1,400 kilometers) west of Sumatra at 0017 GMT on March 9. Just 2 minutes later, the shadow will sweep across central Sumatra and then envelop the much smaller islands of Bangka and Belitung. In the Makassar Strait, a cruise ship with more than a thousand rabid eclipse chasers will be waiting for the arrival of the lunar shadow. Totality here will last 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Should unfavorable weather conditions prevail, the ship will utilize its mobility to seek out a location where good breaks in any cloud cover may afford a view of this amazing spectacle.
After passing across the Molucca Sea, the umbra will pass over Halmahera, before heading out over the open waters of the South Pacific. Traveling to the northeast, the shadow will pass 335 miles (540 km) south of Guam, where local residents will see 84 percent of the sun obscured.
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Viewers 350 miles (560 km) east of Manila, Philippines, will see the maximum duration of totality — 4 minutes and 9.5 seconds. The umbra does not make contact with any other land masses, although it will narrowly miss Wake Island — one of the most isolated islands in the world — providing those few who man the Wake Island Airfield a chance to see more than 99 percent of the sun covered at maximum eclipse. As Maxwell Smart might have said, “Missed it by that much!”
In all, the moon’s umbra will take 3 hours and 21 minutes to trace a path, like a black crayon, that will stretch for 8,800 miles (14,200 km) and will average 78 miles (125 km) in width.

Unexpected bonus for airline passengers

If you draw a line from Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu, the totality path of the eclipse, Solar eclipses will cross this line at almost a right angle; it might just be possible for an aircraft either traveling north from Honolulu to Anchorage, or south from Anchorage to Honolulu, to possibly intercept the moon’s dark umbral shadow.
The passengers who board Alaska Airlines flight 870 in Anchorage are probably wondering why it differed from the regularly scheduled departure time (compared to other days) by 25 minutes, but that is necessary in order to try and intercept the shadow on route to Hawaii. The aircraft, a 737-800, plans to rendezvous with the moon’s dark umbra at 5:35 p.m. Hawaii-Time on Tuesday, at a point 695 miles (1,120 km) north of Honolulu.
Rather than using a hand-turned polarization wheel to take three separate images in each polarized direction, the new camera uses thousands of tiny polarization filters to read light polarized in different directions simultaneously. Each pixel in the new camera is made of four subpixels with differently-oriented polarization filters, which provides the team with four separate but simultaneous images of the corona and cuts out the need to change polarization filters between exposures.
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“We’ve cut down the length of time required for our experiment by more than 50 percent,” said Gopalswamy. “The polarization camera is faster and less risky, because it’s one less moving part.”
Though the team will be performing the experiment for the first time in the province of North Maluku, Indonesia – chosen for its accessibility and high chances of clear skies during the Solar eclipses – they’ve already given their updated instrument a test run.
“The brightness of the full moon is about equal to the brightness of the total solar eclipse,” said Reginald. “So we set up our telescope in the parking lot for practice.”
Solar eclipses,NASA,Indonesia

What is Solar eclipses

Solar eclipses happens whenever the new moon passes in front of the sun, and the moon’s shadow falls on our planet. A solar eclipse is only possible at new moon because that’s the only time whereby the moon can go in front of the sun, as seen from Earth. Most of the time, however, the new moon either swings north or south of the solar disk, so no eclipse of the sun takes place.

March 1, 2015

Paying Tribute to Leonard Nimoy, The President, JJ Abrams and Zachary Quinto

                                                                               
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Following the death of actor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Mr. Spock on Star Trek, countless tributes have poured in for the man who popularized the phrase "Live long and prosper." Among those remembering Nimoy’s legacy are astronauts, scientists, writers, sci-fi fans, fellow actors and directors and even President Barack Obama, who wrote in a statement from the White House, “I loved Spock." 

"Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek's optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity's future," Obama wrote. "In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for 'Live long and prosper.' And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it's clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.”

Zachary Quinto, who took over the role of Spock in the Star Trek reboot and acted alongside Nimoy in two films thanks to the films' time-twisting plot lines, shared on his Instagram, "My heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend. And I will miss you every day. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Nimoy passed away Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. In a handwritten noteStar Trek director J.J. Abrams penned, "Dearest Leonard. What a man you were. What a life you lived. As funny and thoughtful and generous and loving as you were talented. You taught us all, at every encounter. We will miss and love you forever.”

A trio of Star Trek captains also remembered their fallen comrade. "It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy's death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won't be forgotten," tweeted Patrick Stewart, who played Jean-Luc Picard on the TV spin-off Star Trek: The Next Generation. Following news of Nimoy's death, his longtime co-star William Shatner wrote, "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." Chris Pine, who portrays Captain Kirk in the Star Trek cinematic reboot, tweeted simply, “ he world has become a darker place."       
                                                                                                                         

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May 5, 2014

Intergalactic Entity Captured for first Time in 3D



Lyman alpha blob in emerging galaxy cluster SSA22 imaged with Caltech's Cosmic Web Imager. The arrows show the gas filaments of the IGM flowing into blob. (Christopher Martin, Robert Hurt)
Lyman alpha blob in emerging galaxy cluster SSA22 imaged with Caltech’s Cosmic Web Imager. The arrows show the gas filaments of the IGM flowing into blob. (Christopher Martin, Robert Hurt)
For the first time, 3D images have been captured of a cosmological entity called theintergalactic medium (IGM).  Until now, the structure of IGM had been theoretical.
The discovery could provide astronomers with a new understanding of galactic and intergalactic dynamics.
The images were captured with an instrument built at the California Institute of Technologycalled the Cosmic Web Imager. The device was installed on the Hale 200-inch telescope atPalomar Observatory near San Diego, California.
IGM is a network or web of thread-like formations of diffuse gases left over from the Big Bang that links all the galaxies in the universe together.
Christopher Martin, professor of physics at Caltech, created and developed the device.
“I’ve been thinking about the intergalactic medium since I was a graduate student,” he said. “Not only does it comprise most of the normal matter in the universe, it is also the medium in which galaxies form and grow.”
The first intergalactic filaments of IGM imaged by Martin’s team were within an area of space occupied by a quasar and something  known as a Lyman alpha blob – considered to be one of the largest objects in the universe – which was found within a developing galaxy cluster.
Caltech's Cosmic Web Imager installed in the Cassegrain cage of the Hale 200 inch telescope at Palomar Observatory. (Matt Matuszewski)
Caltech’s Cosmic Web Imager installed in the Cassegrain cage of the Hale 200 inch telescope at Palomar Observatory. (Matt Matuszewski)
Martin and his colleagues observed one narrow filament that flowed into the quasar.  The astronomers determined that it was about one million light-years long and might be powering the growth of the galaxy that contains the quasar.  The team also found three filaments surrounding the Lyman alpha blob. Measurements indicated the diffuse gas from the filaments was pouring into the blob and affecting its dynamics.
The scientists associated with the Cosmic Web Imager say the device has already spotted one possible spiral-galaxy, three times the size of our Milky Way galaxy, that is still developing.

April 15, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse Celebrates those Born Today


                                                                             
                                                                         

For most U.S. states east of the Mississippi River, tonight's total lunar eclipse will likely turn out to be a total bust, while in contrast, much of the central and western United States will likely get a fine view of the "blood moon" in all its brilliance.
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 occurs in the overnight hours tonight and will be visible across most of North America, South America, Hawaii and parts of Alaska. Depending on your location, it begins either late tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday, but as with every skywatching event, you can only see it if Mother Nature cooperates.
Tonight's lunar eclipse runs from 12:53 a.m. EDT (0453 GMT) to about 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT). [How to Watch Tonight's Total Lunar Eclipse]
Along the U.S. East Coast, a slow-moving cold front stretching from western New York State south-southwest into the central Gulf of Mexico is likely to bring considerable cloudiness to much of the eastern-third of the nation. Generally speaking, anywhere east of a line extending from Sault Ste-Marie, Mich. to Paducah, Ky. to Baton Rouge, La. will have poor sky conditions for getting even a fleeting glimpse of the darkening moon during the predawn hours of Tuesday.
The exception might be inland sections of central and south Florida where the clouds may be thin enough to allow for some visibility of the shady lunar drama.
Showers and scattered thunderstorms — a few possibly strong and gusty — could bring as much as one-quarter to one-half inch of rain across parts of the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys, with as much as an inch over the Florida Panhandle, while snow will fall over parts of northwest Ohio and Michigan.
Over the central and western United States, high pressure over the plains states is expected to bring mainly fair skies. However a cold front draped over the Pacific Northwest into northern California, could bring some cloudiness that may hinder the view. Near and along the coast of Washington State, spotty showers could fall, but for the most part, the western two-thirds of the United States will be dry, tranquil and perfect for viewing tonight's moon show.
Lunar eclipses occur Lunar eclipses occur when the moon is in the full moon stage and passes through part or all of the Earth's shadow, darkening the moon's typically bright glow. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is entirely immersed in Earth shadow, and can take on a dusky "blood red" color due to the scattering of sunlight through the edges of Earth's atmosphere. Such moons are sometimes nicknamed "Blood Moons."
Tonight's lunar eclipse is the first of four consecutive total eclipses of the moon between April 2014 and September 2015 in what scientists call a lunar eclipse "tetrad" series. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on Oct. 8 and is also expected to be visible from much of North America.
For the very latest forecast for your local area, check the National Weather Service Forecast Offices. Just click on the office that serves your area for the latest weather outlook, including access to local radar and satellite imagery as well: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/organization.php.
By Joe Rao

November 9, 2013

Time to Run to Your Bunkers Folks Satellite is Coming Down

This sleek satellite is set for a spectacular flame-out.
This sleek satellite is set for a spectacular flame-out. / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY 
The European Space Agency says its GOCE research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or during the day on Monday. It says it cannot predict where the debris will hit. But it claims the small fragments that survive reentry are unlikely to cause any casualties. GOCE -- which stands for Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer -- was launched in 2009 to map the Earth's gravitational field. It ran out of fuel last month, ending the mission.
Since then, the satellite has been spiraling steadily downward. Scientists say the 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite already has fallen to an altitude of about 105 miles and is coming closer every minute.
Once it reaches an altitude of 50 miles, the satellite will break apart and most of it will burn in the atmosphere.
However, the space agency says about 20 percent of the spacecraft's original mass could survive and reach the ground. That portion, totaling about 200 kilograms (440 pounds) will break up into dozens of small fragments, scattered over a wide area. Scientists have been unable to calculate where or exactly when the debris will hit.
The agency points out that in the history of space flight, no man-made space objects that have re-entered Earth's atmosphere have ever caused injury to humans. It claims people are 250,000 times more likely to win the lottery than to get struck by any debris from the satellite. 

September 7, 2013

TO THE MOON ALICE!! Nasa” LADEE Moon Today For Lander 10 Yrs For Landees'


Apollo astronautDust was a major nuisance for the Apollo  Science correspondent, BBC News
  • Lunar atmosphere thought to be only 1/100,000th the density of Earth's atmosphere
  • Earth's atmosphere contains some 100 billion air molecules per cubic cm at sea level
  • May be only about 100,000 to 10 million molecules per cubic cm at the Moon's surface
  • Very little known about this atmosphere's precise atomic and molecular composition
  

The US space agency (Nasa) is about to launch its latest mission to the Moon.
The unmanned LADEE probe is set to lift-off from the Wallops rocket facility on the US east coast at 23:27 local time (03:27 GMT on Saturday).
Its $280m (£180m) mission is to investigate the very tenuous atmosphere that surrounds the lunar body.
It will also try to get some insights on the strange behaviour of moondust, which appears on occasions to levitate high above the surface.
In addition, LADEE will test a new laser communications system that Nasa hopes at some point to put on future planetary missions. Lasers have the capacity to transmit data at rates that dwarf conventional radio connections.
 LADEE stands for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.Collisionless environment
Its programme scientist, Sarah Noble, says the mission is likely to surprise a lot of people who have been brought up to believe the Moon has no atmosphere.
“It does; it’s just it's really, really thin,” she told reporters.
“It’s so thin that the individual molecules are so few and far between that they don’t interact with each other; they never collide.
“It’s something we call an exosphere. The Earth has an exosphere as well, but you have to get out past where the International Space Station orbits before you get to this condition that we can consider an exosphere. At the Moon, it happens right at the surface.”
Scientists are interested in understanding such wispy shrouds because they are actually the most common type of atmosphere in the Solar System. Mercury has one, as do a lot of the moons of the giant planets. Even some big asteroids are likely to have one, too.
The dust phenomenon has puzzled researchers for decades. Apollo astronauts reported seeing a diffuse glow above the lunar horizon just before sunrise. The speculation has been that this glow was caused by electrically charged dust particles being lifted from the Moon's surface by ultraviolet light from the Sun. LADEE’s remote-sensing and sampling instrumentation will test this idea.
What it learns about the dust is also likely to inform engineers who are developing the systems to take humans back to the Moon and to other destinations where dust could be an issue, such as on asteroids.
This fine particulate material, which comprises remnant rock shattered through eons of meteorite impacts, is considered a major hazard.
“It’s not like terrestrial dust,” observed Butler Hine, Nasa’s LADEE project manager.
“Terrestrial dust is like talcum powder. On the Moon, it’s very rough. It’s kinda evil. It follows electric field lines; it works its way into equipment. One of the questions about dust on the Moon is an engineering question: how do you design things so that they can survive the dust environment.”
LADEE artist's impression

  • "Spacecraft is 2.4m high and 1.8m wide, and weighs 383kg fully fuelled
  • Based on a new low-cost modular chassis for use on other planetary missions
  • Mission will last six months in total with 100-day science observation phase
  • LADEE will be crashed into the lunar surface when its fuel supply has run out"
 Once launched by its Minotaur V rocket, LADEE will be sent on a long spiral out to the Moon. This will take about a month. A further month will then be needed to commission the spacecraft before its altitude is taken down to as low as 20km above the surface for a 100-day phase of science observations.
LADEE will end its mission by crashing into the Moon.
As well as its three science instruments, LADEE carries a demonstration laser telecommunications payload.
This system promises a big jump in data transmission rates. Engineers are hoping the test terminal on LADEE will achieve download rates in the region of 600 megabits per second. A number of receiving stations on Earth will be used, including the European Space Agency’s (Esa) optical ground station on Tenerife.
Esa is keen to participate in the LADEE comms project because it too has ambitions in this area. Today, Europe and the US will often download data from each other's probes, and there will need to be some cooperation if the new technology is to be used the same way in the future.
"We need some common standards, especially in optics," said Zoran Sodnik, the manager for Esa's Lunar Optical Communication Link project.
"There are a lot of ground stations that operate in radio frequencies, and Esa and Nasa have a long-lasting cross-support agreement. But in optical comms, there are very few ground stations. And if you don't try to agree on some standards, you will not be able to support the other agency's activities, and you would not be able to download the amounts of data that you would be able to download otherwise," he told BBC News.
John Grunsfeld, the head of science at Nasa, said he had no doubts that optical communications was the way of the future.
Our Mars 2020 mission – we’ve already been having discussions about whether you could do laser comms on a rover on the surface of Mars. I think there is no question that as we send humans further out into the Solar System, certainly to Mars, if we want to have high-def, 3D video, we’re going to have laser comms sending that information back.”
Laser ground stationThe European Space Agency is participating in the laser communications demonstration

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