NASA moon probe takes off, with a slight hitch

There was a slight glitch in the stabilizing system, but looks to be minor and fixable.

LADEE’s reaction wheels were turned on to orient and stabilize the spacecraft, which was spinning too fast after it separated from the final rocket stage, Worden said. But the computer automatically shut the wheels down, apparently because of excess current. He speculated the wheels may have been running a little fast.

This launch is a critical step in enabling high-bandwidth communications with future long haul manned missions to Mars and beyond.