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LADEE encapsulation; Credit: NASA

LADEE encapsulation; Credit: NASA - In this photo, engineers as NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia encapsule the LADEE spacecraft into the fairing of the Minotaur V launch vehicle nose-cone. LADEE is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Image credit: NASA Wallops / Terry Zaperach

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LADEE encapsulated into the Minotaur V fairing; Credit: NASA

LADEE encapsulated into the Minotaur V fairing; Credit: NASA - In this photo, engineers as NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia encapsule the LADEE spacecraft into the fairing of the Minotaur V launch vehicle nose-cone. LADEE is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Image credit: NASA Wallops / Terry Zaperach

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LADEE encapsulated into the Minotaur V fairing; Credit: NASA

LADEE encapsulated into the Minotaur V fairing; Credit: NASA - In this photo, engineers as NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia encapsule the LADEE spacecraft into the fairing of the Minotaur V launch vehicle nose-cone. LADEE is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Image credit: NASA Wallops / Terry Zaperach

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LADEE encapsulated into the Minotaur V fairing; Credit: NASA

LADEE encapsulated into the Minotaur V fairing; Credit: NASA - In this photo, engineers as NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia encapsule the LADEE spacecraft into the fairing of the Minotaur V launch vehicle nose-cone. LADEE is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Image credit: NASA Wallops / Terry Zaperach

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Wide-angle view of Minotaur V at NASA Wallops Credit: NASA

Wide-angle view of Minotaur V at NASA Wallops Credit: NASA - A wide-angle view of an inert Minotaur V launch vehicle is erected on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's pad 0B at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during a pathfinder exercise for NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Mission. Image credit: NASA Wallops/Jackie Adkins

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Minotaur V stacking Credit: NASA

Minotaur V stacking Credit: NASA - Engineers at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia prepare to stack the United States Air Force's Minotaur V rocket operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va., for the launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Image credit: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black

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Minotaur V stacking in the distance Credit: NASA

Minotaur V stacking in the distance Credit: NASA - Engineers at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia prepare to stack the United States Air Force's Minotaur V rocket operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va., for the launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Image credit: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black.

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Minotaur V Stacking at Sunrise  Credit: NASA

Minotaur V Stacking at Sunrise Credit: NASA - Engineers at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia prepare to stack the United States Air Force's Minotaur V rocket operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va., for the launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Image credit: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black.

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LADEE arrives at Wallops for moon mission  Credit: NASA

LADEE arrives at Wallops for moon mission Credit: NASA - The NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) arrives at NASA Wallops to begin final processing for its trip to the moon. Credit: NASA

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LADEE in the Minotaur V Fairing Credit: NASA

LADEE in the Minotaur V Fairing Credit: NASA - NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft sits in the nose-cone at the top of the full Minotaur V launch vehicle stack. LADEE is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The probe will launch on a U.S. Air Force Minotaur V rocket, an excess ballistic missile converted into a space launch vehicle and operated by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Image credit: NASA Ames/ Zion Young.

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LADEE in the fully-stacked Minotaur V fairing Credit: NASA

LADEE in the fully-stacked Minotaur V fairing Credit: NASA - NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft sits in the nose-cone at the top of the full Minotaur V launch vehicle stack. Image credit: NASA Ames/ Zion Young.

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LADEE spin test Credit: NASA

LADEE spin test Credit: NASA - During preparations for NASA's LADEE observatory launch on Sept. 6, 2013, the spacecraft went through final preparations. To make sure that the spacecraft is perfectly balanced for flight, engineers mounted it onto a spin table and rotate it at high speeds, approximately one revolution per second. Image Credit: NASA

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Evening view of LADEE's gantry Credit: NASA

Evening view of LADEE's gantry Credit: NASA - This image shows an evening view gantry at Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 4, 2013. Image credit: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black

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LADEE's Minotaur V rocket Credit: NASA EDGE

LADEE's Minotaur V rocket Credit: NASA EDGE - This image shows the Minotaur V rocket that will carry NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) on a pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va. Image Credit: NASA EDGE

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LADEE on launch day Credit: NASA

LADEE on launch day Credit: NASA - The doors of the gantry support structure are opened to reveal the Minotaur V rocket on Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Wallops Island, Va. Image Credit: NASA/Clara Cioffi

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LADEE's Launch Credit: NASA

LADEE's Launch Credit: NASA - NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory launches aboard the Minotaur V rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Virginia. Image Credit: NASA/Clara Cioffi

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Space Terminal

LADEE Rendering; Credit: NASA

LADEE Rendering; Credit: NASA -

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Optical Module for Space; Credit: NASA

Optical Module for Space; Credit: NASA -

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Controller Electronics Module Credit: NASA

Controller Electronics Module Credit: NASA - Located inside the LADEE spacecraft, LLCD’s Controller Electronics Module is the brain of the LLCD mission.

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Modem Module  Credit: NASA

Modem Module Credit: NASA - Mounted inside the LADEE spacecraft, LLCD’s Modem Module contains the 0.5-watt infrared laser transmitter.

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LADEE with LLCD Space Terminal; Credit:NASA

LADEE with LLCD Space Terminal; Credit:NASA - The optical module of the Lunar Laser Communication Demo's Space Terminal aboard LADEE. Credit: NASA

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LLCD LADEE integration; Credit: NASA

LLCD LADEE integration; Credit: NASA - The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration's (LLCD) 3 modules integrated with the LADEE spacecraft.

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LADEE with LLCD Space Terminal; Credit:NASA

LADEE with LLCD Space Terminal; Credit:NASA - The optical module of the Lunar Laser Communication Demo's Space Terminal aboard LADEE. Credit: NASA

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LADEE with LLCD Space Terminal; Credit:NASA

LADEE with LLCD Space Terminal; Credit:NASA - The optical module of the Lunar Laser Communication Demo's Space Terminal aboard LADEE. Credit: NASA

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MIT Team with LADEE; Credit: MIT/LL

MIT Team with LADEE; Credit: MIT/LL - The MIT/Lincoln Laboratory Team integrating the Lunar Lasercomm Space Terminal aboard LADEE; January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LLST Thermal Vacuum Testing; Credit: MIT/LL

LLST Thermal Vacuum Testing; Credit: MIT/LL - The LADEE Spacecraft, with LLCD modules integrated, undergoes thermal vacuum testing at the ARC Clean Room, January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LLST Optical Test; Credit: MIT/LL

LLST Optical Test; Credit: MIT/LL - LLCD Optical Test Set in the ARC Clean Room, January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LADEE with LLCD Space Terminal; Credit:NASA

LADEE with LLCD Space Terminal; Credit:NASA - The optical module of the Lunar Laser Communication Demo's Space Terminal aboard LADEE during environmental testing. Credit: NASA

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LLCD Modem Install Credit: MIT/LL

LLCD Modem Install Credit: MIT/LL - The LLCD Modem Module is installed onto the LADEE Spacecraft at the ARC Clean Room/High Bay in January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LLCD Modem Install Credit: MIT/LL

LLCD Modem Install Credit: MIT/LL - The LLCD Modem Module is installed onto the LADEE Spacecraft at the ARC Clean Room/High Bay in January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LLST Optical Module Installed. Credit: MIT/LL

LLST Optical Module Installed. Credit: MIT/LL - The LLCD Optical Module is installed onto the LADEE Spacecraft at the ARC Clean Room/High Bay in January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LLST Optical Module Installed. Credit: MIT/LL

LLST Optical Module Installed. Credit: MIT/LL - The LLCD Optical Module is installed onto the LADEE Spacecraft at the ARC Clean Room/High Bay in January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LLST Optical Module Installed. Credit: MIT/LL

LLST Optical Module Installed. Credit: MIT/LL - The LLCD Optical Module is installed onto the LADEE Spacecraft at the ARC Clean Room/High Bay in January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LLST during jitter test. Credit: NASA

LLST during jitter test. Credit: NASA - The LLCD Controller Electronics was installed inside LADEE and participated in the EMI/EMC and Vibration Tests, January 2013. Credit: NASA

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MIT Team with LADEE; Credit: MIT/LL

MIT Team with LADEE; Credit: MIT/LLT - The MIT/ Lincoln Laboratory Team installs the LLST aboard LADEE; January 2013. Credit: MIT/LL

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LLST Optical Module Installed. Credit: NASA

LLST Optical Module Installed. Credit: NASA - The LADEE spacecraft awaits spin balance testing, conducted to ensure stability during flight, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia July 10. Credit: NASA/Patrick Black

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Ground Segment

Optical Ground Terminal; Credit: NASA

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Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The LLGT recently installed at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The LLGT recently installed at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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LLGT Installation at WSC. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

LLGT Installation at WSC. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC - The LLGT during installation at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA

ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA - An image of ESA's Optical Ground Station (OGS), which houses the Lunar Lasercom Optical Ground System (LLOGS.) Credit: ESA

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NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercom OCTL Terminal (LLOT)  Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercom OCTL Terminal (LLOT) Credit: NASA/JPL - NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab's Lunar Lasercom Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) Terminal. Credit: NASA

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Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The LLGT recently installed at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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LLGT Install Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

LLGT Install Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The telescopes of the Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal recently installed at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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LLGT Side View Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

LLGT Side View Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - A side view of the Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal recently installed at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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LLGT Open Clamshell Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

LLGT Open Clamshell Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The open LLGT Clamshell at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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LLGT Closed Clamshell Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

LLGT Closed Clamshell Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The closed LLGT clamshell at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The LLGT recently installed at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The LLGT recently installed at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The LLGT recently installed at NASA’s White Sands Complex (WSC) in New Mexico, USA. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The LLGT at MIT/Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Mass. before being transported to NASA's White Sands Complex in New Mexico. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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LLGT Transportation Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA

LLGT Transportation Credit: Robert LaFon/NASA - The LLGT being transported from MIT/Lincoln Laboratory to White Sands, New Mexico. Credit: Robert LaFon NASA/GSFC

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ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA

ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA - An image of ESA's Optical Ground Station (OGS), which houses the Lunar Lasercom Optical Ground System (LLOGS.) Credit: ESA

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ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA

ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA - An image of ESA's Optical Ground Station (OGS), which houses the Lunar Lasercom Optical Ground System (LLOGS.) Credit: ESA

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ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA

ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA - An image of ESA's Optical Ground Station (OGS), which houses the Lunar Lasercom Optical Ground System (LLOGS.) Credit: ESA

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ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA

ESA's Optical Ground Station Credit: ESA - An image of ESA's Optical Ground Station (OGS), which houses the Lunar Lasercom Optical Ground System (LLOGS.) Credit: ESA

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NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercom OCTL Terminal (LLOT) Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercom OCTL Terminal (LLOT) Credit: NASA/JPL - NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab's Lunar Lasercom Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) Terminal. Credit: NASA

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NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercom OCTL Terminal (LLOT)  Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercom OCTL Terminal (LLOT) Credit: NASA/JPL - NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab's Lunar Lasercom Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) Terminal. Credit: NASA

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NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercom OCTL Terminal (LLOT)  Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA/JPL Lunar Lasercom OCTL Terminal (LLOT) Credit: NASA/JPL - NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab's Lunar Lasercom Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) Terminal. Credit: NASA

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