NASA successfully launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. LADEE is on its way to arrive at the moon in 30 days, then enter lunar orbit. You can read more about at nasa.gov/ladee.
This was the first time we’ve been able to witness a Wallops Island launch. For once the weather cooperated and the sky was clear. Our humble view from our back yard in Caroline Co. Va was spectacular. it might have been nothing more than a glowing orange dot, but to us it was one of the most awesome sights to see!
The line of dots to the right are lights from our neighbors back yard. They at least give some perspective of where the ridge is and what we were able to see some 150miles west of Wallops. We live in the country so it’s dark out here and that gave us a wonderful view.
Our view was great I thought, but since we’re due west we didn’t see much of the travel path of the rocket as it launched. There were some fabulous images by others who witnessed the launch. You can find a public sharing of images from NASA at flickr.com/groups/ladee/pool. Some of the images from DC, New York and even the UK are truly amazing.
Congratulations to everyone at NASA and all their partners for a great successful launch!