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NASA heads to Virginia racetrack for launch

Published On: Sep 05 2013 05:53:13 AM CDT
RICHMOND, Va. -

NASA is revving up for an event with NASCAR fans in Virginia.

Fans will have the opportunity to learn about an upcoming mission to the moon during races at Richmond International Raceway.

NASA education specialists will be there on Friday and Saturday to speak to the public about the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, which is set to launch from Wallops Island on Friday night.

The robot will orbit the moon to gather information about the lunar atmosphere among other things.

The raceway is a designated viewing area for the lift-off.