LADEE Propulsion System
James Bell examines the integrated propulsion system for LADEE, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer in a cleanroom at NASA’s Ames Research Center. The propulsion system was developed by Space Systems/Loral for the Ames-managed mission. The LADEE spacecraft primary structure can be seen in the background to the left. LADEE will gather detailed information about conditions near the lunar surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these influences will help researchers predict how future lunar exploration may shape the moon's environment and how the environment may affect future explorers. It also will help scientists understand other planetary bodies with exospheres, or very thin atmospheres, like the moon.
Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Dominic Hart