Summary Safe to watch with the naked eye, the lunar eclipse should cast a bright orange or red tint across the moon. Scientists expect LADEE's doomsday to occur on or before April 21, and NASA has started an online contest asking the public to guess the impact time. The lunar eclipse on Tuesday will be the first of four eclipses expected within the next year: two lunar and two solar.
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Summary Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE, pronounced like "laddie") is poised for take off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. The technologies to be tested during the launch include improvements in telemetry and a deployment system for forming vapor clouds. The launch also will test flight recorders to increase the rates for data collected and transferred during flight.