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Science Moon orbiter LADEE crashes triumphantly after 'amazing' mission (+video)

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.

By Staff writer / April 18, 2014

NASA

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.