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NES Video Chat: LADEE: New Look at the Moon -- No Cheese, Plenty of DUST and an Atmosphere!
April 28, 2014

[image-51]Sorry for the inconvience but today's video chat is CANCELLED. We will reschedule this video chat for students in the near future. Keep an eye on the Virtual Campus for an update.

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Topic: LADEE: New Look at the Moon -- No Cheese, Plenty of DUST and an Atmosphere!
Grades: 5-10
Subject: Space Science: Lunar exploration
Careers: Brian Day is the lead for citizen science and community engagement at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute.


Brian Day is the lead for citizen science and community engagement at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. He is the education and public outreach lead for the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, mission. He also coordinates ground-based observations of meteoroid impacts on the moon during the LADEE mission. 

NASA's LADEE spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17. It was studying the structure and composition of the very thin lunar atmosphere and how these vary over time. LADEE was measuring the amount of dust, due to surface impacts, lofted into the lunar atmosphere and is demonstrating a new technology of high-speed laser communications between Earth and the moon. 

Understanding the history and evolution of the moon is critical to our knowledge of Earth’s history. The moon is the most visible object in the night sky. We look and wonder, and we have so much more to learn. High-speed laser communication could help facilitate future robotic and human exploration deeper into our solar system.

Related Resources:
› Exploring the Moon Educator Guide
› Regolith Formation Lesson Plan
› Impact Craters Student Activity
› LADEE Mission Home Page
› Get Involved With LADEE!
› Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Home Page   →


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Brian Day standing beneath a large telescope in a domed observatory
Brian Day
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