A fisherman waits for a catch as the largest full moon of 2013, also referred to as a "super moon", rises over Guadalmar beach in Malaga, southern Spain, late June 23, 2013. Jon Nazca/Reuters
A full moon also referred to as a "super moon" rises in the sky behind New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, June 23, 2013. The largest full moon of the year called the "super moon" will light up the night sky this weekend. Gary Hershorn/Reuters
The moon rises behind bride Kailey Wilson as she gets a hand from her mom Maurene while having her picture taken by photographer Trevor Thomas, Dec. 11, 2008 above Indian Battle Park in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Ian Martens/ Lethbridge Herald/The Canadian Press/AP
Backdropped by a full moon, thousands of balloons are released into the night sky honoring the Chilean soccer team at their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Uruguay in Santiago, Chile, March 26, 2013. Luis Hidalgo/AP
The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Sandhill cranes fly in formation in front a nearly full moon near Alda, Neb. About half a million sandhill cranes stop along an 80-mile stretch of the Platte River for three to four weeks each spring in March and April before continuing their journey to Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. /Nati Harnik/AP
A full moon sets behind a car waiting for the traffic light at the intersection of Bastanchury Road and State College Boulevard in Fullerton, Calif., Jan. 9, 2012. Bruce Newman/The Orange County Register/AP
A full moon rises over a farm located west of Dubuque, Iowa. Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald/AP
John Olson combines soybeans on his family's farm east of Elkhart, Ill., as the moon rises at dusk. Chris Young/The State Journal-Register/AP
The full moon rises over Fayetteville, NC. This was the closest full moon in 2008. Johnny Horne/The Fayetteville Observer/AP
Pigeons are silhouetted by a rising, nearly full moon as they perch on the roof of a barn near Taylorsville, Md. Dylan Slagle/Carrol County Times/AP
The full moon rises behind the 1930 art deco sculpture Spirit of Progress on the top of the former Montgomery Ward office building in Chicago. Paul Beaty/AP
Buddhist monks pray at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok on Makha Bucha Day, February 25, 2013. Makha Bucha Day honours Buddha and his teachings, and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month. Kerek Wongsa/Reuters
After completing all of its goals and then some, NASA's LADEE orbiter took increasingly daring passes, skimming closer and closer to the moon surface, ultimately crashing just days before it would have run completely out of fuel.
LADEE did not "go gentle into that good night." The vending-machine-sized orbiter ended its triumphant mission to the moon by smashing into the lunar surface during a deliberately planned, high-risk maneuver sometime between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT on Thursday, April 17, NASA officials confirmed.