NASA’s LADEE Mission Shows the Force of Meteoroid Strikes on Lunar Exosphere

Artist’s concept of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft in orbit above the moon. Credits: NASA Ames / Dana Berry

Artist’s concept of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft in orbit above the moon.
Credits: NASA Ames / Dana Berry

What is the force of a meteoroid when it strikes our moon? New data from our LADEE mission shows us. The data reveals, for the first time, that meteoroid strikes cause a predictable increase in the abundance of two key elements within the lunar exosphere.

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