/// NASA Heads Back to the Moon, This Time with Robots and Laser-Powered Space Internet

September 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Elon Musk wants us to go to Mars, which sounds cool and scary . Meantime, NASA is headed back to the moon. Last night, the U.S. space agency sent up its excellently named Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, via its also-excellently named Wallops Flight Facility launch pad in Virginia. LADEE is orbiting the Earth right now, but in a month it will be circling the moon, where it will conduct a series of experiments, without the aid of onboard astronauts. Perhaps most interesting to someone reading this site will be a Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration , which sounds like it will make your high-speed broadband look like a string-and-tin-can operation. The Washington Post has a nicely written FAQ about the mission. And here’s what the launch looked like last night:

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NASA Heads Back to the Moon, This Time with Robots and Laser-Powered Space Internet


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