SPACECRAFT GOES INTO LUNAR ORBIT: Among a select few allowed to work
during the US government shutdown, controllers for NASA's Lunar
Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) fired the spacecraft's
engines this morning, Oct. 6th, slowing it enough to be captured by
lunar gravity. LADEE is now in orbit. Soon, the spacecraft will begin
its mission to study the Moon's exotic and diaphanous atmosphere, which
is mightily affected by space weather. For more information about this
development, plus new color images of incoming Comet ISON, visit http://spaceweather.com.