LADEE Interfaces with Moon

Artist concept of LADEE.  Image Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

Artist concept of LADEE. Image Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) interfaced with lunar surface, NASA speak for it hit the moon – hard.

The impact occurred between 21:30 and 22:22 PDT on 17 April. Not bad, my guess was 19:20 on 18 April.

I was kind of hoping to hear where it hit this weekend, apparently I was over-simplifying things. The spacecraft was moving about 5,800 kmh or 3,600 mph. Not likely to be anything recognizable on the surface except for small impact craters.

We might get a good look at the impact site from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera as soon as mission managers figure out where it ended up and a LRO pass will occur.

The LADEE mission end at NASA.