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LADEE Trajectory Update: 10-08-13

LADEE is now in its last rev in the 24 hour capture orbit, and preparing for LOI-2, which will lower the spacecraft into a 4 hr orbit.  LOI-2 is scheduled for 10:38 UTC (3:38 AM PDT) Wed. morning, Oct. 9. Here’s the view from LADEE to the Moon:

 

moonandsun

 

Here’s the orbit [Note: blue shows the 4 hr orbit we’re going to next.  Dotted lines show the past trajectory, solid are into the future.  So we’re not quite at aposelene yet.]

 

lunar orbit

 

And finally the really cool view AstrogatorJohn came up with yesterday of the view of the orbit from the Earth:

 

moonfromearth

 

So if you go outside tonight and see the Moon, imagine this orbit.