A team of engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., tests an electrical interface on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft to ensure all of the cable pins are in the correct location and that it is safe to connect.
Image credit: NASA/Ames – Eric James

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NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Gets Final Science Instrument Installed

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., have installed the third and final science instrument that will fly onboard NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.

“The installation of the final science instrument to LADEE’s flight structure in the clean room at Ames is an important step toward completing the spacecraft build and testing,” said Butler Hine, LADEE project manager at Ames. “Now that the three science instruments are fully integrated onto the spacecraft, it has become a full-fledged, high-precision space observatory.”

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