|NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.
Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon Friday as planned, avoiding the precious historic artifacts left behind by moonwalkers.
LADEE’s annihilation occurred just three days after it survived a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do.
Researchers believe LADEE vaporized when it hit because of its extreme orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater. No debris would have been left behind.
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