Moon Orbiter Spies NASA Spacecraft Impact Crater

October 28, 2014 10:04 PM

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Moon Orbiter Spies NASA Spacecraft Impact Crater

Earlier this year, NASA’s LADEE moon orbiter was intentionally crashed into the lunar surface after completing its mission. Now, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered the probe’s final resting place on the far side of the moon — a small crater and bright debris are all that remain.

LADEE, or the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, was launched in September 2013 to spend 7 months orbiting the moon’s equator, studying the lunar exosphere (the thin lunar atmosphere) and the role lunar dust plays in the exosphere.

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