The United States of America is set to make space flight history this week. Up to now, the USA has only launched missions to the Moon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, but on the Atlantic coast of the DelMarVa peninsula NASA is poised to send a new probe on its way to the moon. The probe, Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), will orbit the moon to learn more about the lunar atmosphere (yes the moon has an atmosphere, thin though it is, it’s really there.) The mission will be sent on its way from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va, at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6.
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