RIP LADEE: 9/6/2013 – 4/18/2014

RIP LADEE: 9/6/2013 – 4/18/2014

By Science News Staff, 14:42 PM April 18, 2014

Guest post by Christopher Crockett

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, mission just ended with a literal bang. Having run out of fuel to safely maintain its orbit, LADEE was purposely steered into a slow, steady nosedive toward the lunar surface. The spacecraft plunged into the farside of the moon at 5,800 kilometers per hour around 1 am Eastern time on April 18.

LADEE, launched in September 2013, spent the past several months examining the moon’s tenuous atmosphere...

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