Artist's concept of the LADEE spacecraft (Image: NASA)
Artist's depiction of LADEE approaching lunar orbit (Image: NASA Ames/Dana Berry)
Artist Concept of LADEE demonstrating the use of lasers for deep-space communications (Image: NASA)
An image of LADEE captured by the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) (Photo: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University)
This image was acquired on Feb. 8, 2014, while LADEE was carrying out atmospheric measurements (Image: NASA Ames)
In space, no one can hear you hit the Moon at near-hypersonic speed. Today, NASA's Ames Research Center announced that the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) made a controlled impact on the far side of the Moon some time between 9:30 and 10:30 pm PDT on Thursday, bringing to an end its mission to study the lunar atmosphere.
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