The first lunar photos from NASA's LADEE spacecraft are an accident

Last week, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) beamed back its first images of the moon. But the images were a happy coincidence; the low-flying satellite was actually using its onboard camera systems to track stars, and orient itself by their positions. » 2/15/14 7:30am 2/15/14 7:30am

NASA is bringing broadband connectivity to the Moon – with lasers

Using a pulsed laser beam from aboard its recently launched Lunar and Atmospheric Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), NASA has transmitted data over the 239,000 miles between the Moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. Say goodbye to the glacial transmission speeds of RF… » 10/24/13 9:30am 10/24/13 9:30am

This frog got WAY too close to last week's NASA rocket launch

Last week, NASA set its LADEE spacecraft blazing on a course to the Moon. While the launch was visible from much of the East Coast, those spectators nearest the VA launchpad were afforded the most breathtaking views. One amphibious Virginian, in particular, was especially moved by the spectacle. » 9/12/13 7:10am 9/12/13 7:10am