After completing 100 days of lunar observations, the LADEE spacecraft was sent on a collision course to smash into the moon in April 2014. Now the Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter has spotted where it crashed, creating a sharp new addition to the dust and craters.
Last week, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) ended its mission as planned, by smashing into the far side of the moon. But even though LADEE is deceased, it's not alone. Other spacecraft — including parts of some we might not know about — share the same resting place.
After 8 months in space, the LADEE spacecraft mission came to a close last night when the spacecraft crash-landed into the moon's surface — just like scientists intended.
LADEE, the spacecraft that completed 100 days of science before entering into a decaying orbit, is getting ever-closer to crashing into the moon. Now NASA is running a contest to see who can guess when exactly that crash will take place.
Later this month, a NASA spacecraft will get one last chance to solve the mystery of the strange "horizon glow" seen on the moon. Scientists think the glow is caused by tiny particles of moon dust catching the sun's ultraviolet rays, becoming electrically charged, and then shooting upwards. But they don't know for…
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) just passed its 100 day marker of scientific observations. It did a great job, skimming a mere 20 to 60 kilometres above the lunar surface. With its prime science done, and portrait snapped for posterity, now it's time to die.
Last week, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) beamed back its first images of the moon. But the images were a happy coincidence; the low-flying satellite was actually using its onboard camera systems to track stars, and orient itself by their positions.
Using a pulsed laser beam from aboard its recently launched Lunar and Atmospheric Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), NASA has transmitted data over the 239,000 miles between the Moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. Say goodbye to the glacial transmission speeds of RF…
Last week, NASA set its LADEE spacecraft blazing on a course to the Moon. While the launch was visible from much of the East Coast, those spectators nearest the VA launchpad were afforded the most breathtaking views. One amphibious Virginian, in particular, was especially moved by the spectacle.
Yesterday we East Coasters had the chance to see a real life rocket launch. Did you miss it? You missed it? That's OK. Here's a highlight.
This is a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory, which is due to launch tomorrow—but it's spinning fast enough to make you feel really quite sick.
For all of their advanced technologies, modern satellites still rely on low-bandwidth radio transmitters to communicate with ground control. But they could soon be upgraded to beyond broadband speeds once NASA's new laser-based communication system prototype gets off the ground.