The lunar dust experiment (LDEX) onboard the lunar atmosphere and dust environment explorer (LADEE) mission

M. Horányi, Z. Sternovsky, M. Lankton, C. Dumont, S. Gagnard, D. Gathright, E. Grün, D. Hansen, D. James, S. Kempf, B. Lamprecht, R. Srama, J. R. Szalay, G. Wright

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Abstract

The Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX) is an in situ dust detector onboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. It is designed to characterize the variability of the dust in the lunar exosphere by mapping the size and spatial distributions of dust grains in the lunar environment as a function of local time and the position of the Moon with respect to the magnetosphere of the Earth. LDEX gauged the relative contributions of the two competing dust sources: (a) ejecta production due to the continual bombardment of the Moon by interplanetary micrometeoroids, and (b) lofting of small grains from the lunar surface due to plasma-induced near-surface electric fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Mission (LADEE)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages93-114
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319187174
ISBN (Print)9783319187167
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences

Keywords

  • Dust
  • Exosphere
  • Instrumentation
  • Ladee mission
  • Lunar

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