NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission was launched successfully by a Minotaur 5 (spin stabilised delivery version) rocket at 0327 GMT on 7 September 2013 from the Wallops Island launch site on the Eastern seaboard of USA. The $80 millilon LADEE spacecraft, which has been sent to the Moon to examine from lunar orbit the composition of any atmosphere present, did not have the easiest first day of its mission. While now fully recovered, the spacecraft intially had temporary post-launch fault in which the gyros were switched off after the spacecraft detected they were drawing too much power whiile trying to reduce the post launch spin.
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