LADEE's crash area may be spotted by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Pre-LADEE imagery of crater Sundman V - the suspected impact site - is available. Credit: NASA/LROC/Arizona State Univ.

LADEE’s crash area may be spotted by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Pre-LADEE imagery of crater Sundman V – the suspected impact site – is available.
Credit: NASA/LROC/Arizona State Univ.

The hunt for the impact site of NASA’s LADEE mooncraft will be fortified by the high-powered camera system onboard the space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

There is a speculated locale for the spacecraft’s smashing finale – crater Sundman V.

The good news – if indeed LADEE’s final resting spot is in that area – pre-impact imagery of Sundman V is available. Contrasting old and new LRO camera imagery should enable a focus on the crash site.

Word is that LRO won’t be able to train its sharpshooting camera system on the area for several weeks. Moreover, it is not clear if LADEE struck Sundman V on the east side or west side of the crater.

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