The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Mission (LADEE)

  • Richard C. Elphic
  • Christopher T. Russell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-V
  2. C. T. Russell, R. C. Elphic
    Pages 1-2
  3. R. C. Elphic, G. T. Delory, Butler P. Hine, P. R. Mahaffy, M. Horanyi, A. Colaprete et al.
    Pages 3-25
  4. Paul R. Mahaffy, R. Richard Hodges, Mehdi Benna, Todd King, Robert Arvey, Michael Barciniak et al.
    Pages 27-61
  5. Anthony Colaprete, Kara Vargo, Mark Shirley, Dave Landis, Diane Wooden, John Karcz et al.
    Pages 63-91
  6. M. Horányi, Z. Sternovsky, M. Lankton, C. Dumont, S. Gagnard, D. Gathright et al.
    Pages 93-113

About this book


This volume contains five articles describing the mission and its instruments.  The first paper, by the project scientist Richard C. Elphic and his colleagues, describes the mission objectives, the launch vehicle, spacecraft and the mission itself.  This is followed by a description of LADEE’s Neutral Mass Spectrometer by Paul Mahaffy and company.  This paper describes the investigation that directly targets the lunar exosphere, which can also be explored optically in the ultraviolet.  In the following article Anthony Colaprete describes LADEE’s Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrometer that operated from 230 nm to 810 nm scanning the atmosphere just above the surface.  Not only is there atmosphere but there is also dust that putatively can be levitated above the surface, possibly by electric fields on the Moon’s surface.  Mihaly Horanyi leads this investigation, called the Lunar Dust Experiment, aimed at understanding the purported observations of levitated dust.  This experiment was also very successful, but in this case their discovery was not the electrostatic levitation of dust, but that the dust was raised by meteoroid impacts.  This is not what had been expected but clearly is the explanation that best fits the data. 
Originally published in Space Science Reviews, Volume 185, Issue 1-4, 2014.


Impact processes LADEE mission objectives Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Lunar atmosphere scanning Lunar dust levitation Lunar dust phenomena Lunar exosphere Lunar meteoroid impacts Surface Boundary Exosphere

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard C. Elphic
    • 1
  • Christopher T. Russell
    • 2
  1. 1.NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Space SciencesUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-18716-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-18717-4
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