NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
In this artist’s concept provided by NASA the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is seen orbiting the moon as it prepares to fire its maneuvering thrusters to maintain a safe orbital altitude. NASA’s small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH’-dee) is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday April 18, 2014 that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon. Dana Berry/NASA
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 8:33 am
Updated: 8:50 am, Fri Apr 18, 2014.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.
Flight controllers confirmed Friday that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do.
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Friday, April 18, 2014 8:33 am.
Updated: 8:50 am.