NASA LAUNCHES SPACECRAFT TO STUDY MOON ATMOSPHERE

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WALLOPS ISLAND, United States: NASA has launched an unmanned spacecraft that aims to study the Moon’s atmosphere, the US space agency’s third lunar probe in five years. Blazing a red path in the night sky, the spacecraft lifted off at 11:27 pm (Saturday 0327 GMT) aboard a converted Air Force ballistic missile known as the Minotaur V rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. “The spacecraft is in good health and a good orbit at this point,” said NASA commentator George Diller about half an hour after the launch. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) hopes to learn more about the atmosphere and dust while circling the Moon AFP

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