This impressive view of NASA’s LADEE lunar orbiter Science Probe launched from Virginia, on Friday night Sept 6, on the maiden flight of the Minotaur V rocket, captured by photographer Ben Cooper from Rockefeller Center in New York City. Image © Ben Cooper of LaunchPhotography, with permission.
LADEE’s launch aboard a Minotaur V on Sept. 6, 2013. Image © NASA Wallops/Chris Perry
The LADEE satellite in lunar orbit. The revolutionary modular science probe is equipped with a Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) that will attempt to show two-way laser communication beyond Earth is possible, expanding the possibility of transmitting huge amounts of data. This new ability could one day allow for 3-D High Definition video transmissions in deep space to become routine. Image © NASA