NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) successfully launched on a Minataur V rocket Friday night from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.
The flight appeared to have gone nominally, with all five solid stages of the booster performing as designed. Spacecraft separation appeared to have gone as planned. This was the 24th successful launch of the Minotaur rocket family in 24 attempts.