NASA mooncraft may have crashed into rim of the far side crater, Sundmam V. Upper center in image.  Credit: USGS

NASA mooncraft may have crashed into rim of the far side crater, Sundmam V. Upper center in image.
Credit: USGS

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) moon orbiter may have indeed struck the rim of the far side crater, Sundmam V.

That’s the preliminary word from NASA Ames Research Center scientists that developed and operated LADEE.

However, the final resting spot for LADEE remains speculative. Specialists in orbit determination are now busy sifting through the last tracking data to refine the possible resting place for the purposely destroyed LADEE.

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).  Credit: NASA/Ames

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).
Credit: NASA/Ames

Likely to be the final nail in the coffin is NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and its super-powerful Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). The hope is that LROC will spot the LADEE impact site.

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