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Speaking of the Moon--Stunning Photo of Blue Moon Over DC As LADEE Gets Ready to Launch

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 21-Aug-2013
Updated: 21-Aug-2013 10:49 AM

A day before NASA holds a pre-launch press briefing about its latest Moon probe, the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang (CWG) has posted a stunning photograph of the "Blue Moon" over the reflecting pool and the Washington Monument taken last night.  The Monument is looking resplendent these days surrounded by scaffolding that is lighted at night.  The photo was taken at the "Blue Hour."  The CWG's website offers an excellent explanation of the "blue" terminology.   

Photo Credit:  Washington Post/Kevin Ambrose

As we reported yesterday, the idea of sending humans back to the surface of the Moon got a boost with the release of the latest version of the Global Exploration Roadmap.

Although NASA stressed that it has no plans to send astronauts to the lunar surface regardless of what others may do, it is getting ready to launch another robotic probe to orbit the Moon -- the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Experiment Explorer (LADEE).  NASA will hold a press conference about the mission tomorrow (Thursday, August 22) at 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

The launch itself is scheduled from Wallops Island, VA on September 6 just before midnight (11:27 pm) EDT.   The launch should be visible, weather permitting, from Washington, DC and elsewhere in mid-Atlantic area.   NASA's Wallops Flight Facility (@NASA_Wallops) tweeted this map showing the potential visibility areas.

 Credit:  NASA Wallops Flight Facility tweet (@NASA_Wallops)  


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