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NASA Orbiter Smashes Into Moon (on Purpose)

LADEE ends short mission by disintegrating

(Newser) - A $280 million orbiter crashed into the moon and disintegrated yesterday, and NASA couldn't be happier about it. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer met its end after completing a mission to orbit the moon and observe its atmosphere that began in September, reports the AP . In fact,... More »

Yep, That's a Frog in NASA Rocket Photo

Image from LADEE launch is a little strange

(Newser) - NASA can explain how its Voyager spacecraft managed the incredible feat of leaving the solar system , but this frog is a little more perplexing. A NASA still photo from the recent launch of the LADEE spacecraft has the bizarre sight of an airborne frog in the frame. Universe Today speculates... More »

NASA Lunar Launch Has Minor Tech Glitch

Agency says it won't affect flight to moon

(Newser) - NASA's newest robotic explorer ran into some technical trouble after last night's launch , but the agency says it's nothing to worry about. The LADEE spacecraft remains on track for the moon, though officials acknowledged the problem needs to be resolved in the next two to three weeks.... More »

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