NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (Ladee) mission is winding down with several days of ultra-low-altitude data gathering prior to the spacecraft’s impact on the Moon’s far side, which is expected to happen no later than April 21.   A final April 11 orbital maintenance maneuver will set up Ladee’s demise after skimming over the uneven lunar terrain at distances ranging from 1 to 2 mi. Plans for a far-side impact from equatorial orbit are ...

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