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NASA LADEE lunar explorer slams into moon's surface, as expected

The NASA LADEE lunar craft hit the moon's surface, and the US space agency will now attempt to photograph the site of impact.

Published Sun, Apr 20 2014 2:08 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

NASA slammed the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft into the moon, following a successful 100-day science mission.

NASA LADEE lunar explorer slams into moon's surface, as expected | TweakTown.com

Prior to crashing into the moon, as expected, LADEE was seen flying at an altitude of 300 feet, anticipating an impact before the end of the weekend. NASA researchers hope to use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to photograph the site of impact, along with capturing additional information about the lunar atmosphere.

"At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour - about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet," said Rick Elphic, NASA Ames LADEE project scientist, in a press statement. "There's nothing gentle about impact at these speeds - it's just a question of whether LADEE made a localized craterlet on a hillside or scattered debris across a flat area. It will be interesting to see what kind of feature LADEE has created."

NEWS SOURCE:nasa.gov

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