NASA Lunar Launch Has Minor Tech Glitch
Agency says it won't affect flight to moon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
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(Newser) – NASA's newest robotic explorer ran into some technical trouble after last night's launch, but the agency says it's nothing to worry about. The LADEE spacecraft remains on track for the moon, though officials acknowledged the problem needs to be resolved in the next two to three weeks. NASA's S. Peter Worden told reporters he's confident everything will be working properly in the next few days. The onboard computer automatically shut down LADEE's reaction wheels, used to orient and stabilize the spacecraft, apparently because they were drawing excess current.

Worden speculated the wheels may have been running a little fast and stressed there is no rush to "get these bugs ironed out." That's because the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer isn't scheduled to reach the moon until Oct. 6. Space.com rounds up some of photos of the launch captured by sky-watchers along the East Coast.

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1freeusa
Sep 7, 2013 10:05 PM CDT
I hope it works out...One of the projects is to determine the Moons atmosphere. If a atmosphere can be found it may be at the base of impact craters. This could help determine the type of colonization of the moon.
Estrus
Sep 7, 2013 8:29 PM CDT
once the robot gets there and determines it is safe on the moon then they will send astronuts..
boxcar
Sep 7, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
Comments on here dissing NASA reminds me of the 1960s- while yahoos were running amuck here, drinkin' and smokin' funny things, gettin; loaded, some of us were studying Engrg 8am to midnite 7days a week and worked on NASA Apollo project for most of the decade. Don't know what all the yahoos were doing with their lives but we were solving things like HOW to calibrate thrusters so precise maneuvers could be made in space for positioning and docking or NO ONE was goin' to the moon and back- RocketDyne solved that in 1964 Only 3 nations have solved the problem, China being the latest one, 50yrs later. Lot of bozos from the 1960s partied hardy, never accomplished anything, had fun doin' it, and now most of them I knew are DEAD & gone Unfortunetly many high school chums became cannon fodder for Viet Nam war effort- god rest their souls, but maybe in the 21st Century we can make inroads to exploring, colonizing rest of solar system BEFORE we wind up destroying the planet by over-reproducing like so many human-lemmings Like General Longstreet said before the slaughter at Gettysburgh, "It's simply a matter of numbers, all the Union cannon aimed to criss-cross the battlefield with grape shot, its going to be a slaughter."