NASA has a team of engineers hard at work in cleanrooms at their Moffett Field, CA facility. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) are running through its final phase of testing before it gets ready for launch.
The LADEE is about the size of a small car and is designed to study the moon’s atmosphere. This mission is unmanned, and the robotic space craft will be examining the lunar dust in the atmosphere which help scientists better understand atmospheres of other planets and asteroids.
“The moon’s tenuous atmosphere may be more common in the solar system than we thought,” says John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science in Washington. “Further understanding of the moon’s atmosphere may also help us better understand our diverse solar system and its evolution.”
LADDEE was built and tested at the Ames research facility in Moffett Field, CA, and like all things sent into space, underwent cleanroom testing. This is to ensure that everything is functioning properly and so that no contaminates are sent into space.
The LADEE will launch on September 6th, and you can read more on NASA’s official website.