8 April 2014
NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe will descend to as low as a mile or two above the lunar surface where it will make its final scientific observations before a maneuver sets up the spacecraft’s controlled impact on or before 21 April. The probe’s final mission involves studying dust and other aspects of the lunar exosphere to determine the structure and composition of the Moon’s thin ‘atmosphere.’ On 15 April, a total lunar eclipse is expected to envelop LADEE for about four hours, exposing the spacecraft to conditions at the limits of what it was designed to withstand, according to NASA. (Image Credit: NASA)
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