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NASA launching mission to study moon's atmosphere

Friday, August 23, 2013
The moon is seen as the Earth casts its shadow in a total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines, before dawn Thursday June 16, 2011.

The moon is seen as the Earth casts its shadow in a total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines, before dawn Thursday June 16, 2011. Asian and African night owls were treated to a lunar eclipse, and ash in the atmosphere from a Chilean volcano turned it blood red for some viewers. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

NASA is planning to launch a mission to study the moon's atmosphere in two weeks.

It involves a low-cost spacecraft scheduled to lift off from an island in Virginia on September 6.

It was developed, built and tested at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field.

The $28 million project will gather information about the moon's environment and lunar dust.

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