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A map showing the rough time at which viewers can first expect to see the Minotaur V rocket carrying the LADEE explorer. Contributed photo by Orbital Sciences Corp.
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A map showing the rough time at which viewers can first expect to see the Minotaur V rocket carrying the LADEE explorer. Contributed photo by Orbital Sciences Corp.

Lunar launch visible in east

By Abbie Bennett

The Daily Reflector

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Eastern North Carolina residents may have a chance to watch the first lunar launch from the Virginia coast tonight.

NASA is launching the small, unmanned, car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environmental Explorer (LADEE) at 11:27 p.m. from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., about 220 miles from Greenville.


The LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky, similar to a dust storm on Earth.

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