Nasa launches spacecraft to study Moon's atmosphere
WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia (AFP) - Nasa has launched an unmanned spacecraft that aims to study the Moon's atmosphere, the United States space agency's third lunar probe in five years.
Blazing a red path in the night sky, the spacecraft lifted off at 11.27pm aboard a converted Air Force ballistic missile known as the Minotaur V rocket from Nasa's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
"The spacecraft is in good health and a good orbit at this point," said Nasa commentator George Diller about half an hour after the launch.
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) hopes to learn more about the atmosphere and dust while circling the Moon.