Summary Safe to watch with the naked eye, the lunar eclipse should cast a bright orange or red tint across the moon. Scientists expect LADEE's doomsday to occur on or before April 21, and NASA has started an online contest asking the public to guess the impact time. The lunar eclipse on Tuesday will be the first of four eclipses expected within the next year: two lunar and two solar.
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Summary This undated illustration made available by NASA shows the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) orbiting the moon. NASA, DANA BERRY -- AP Photo. The moon will be rising in the western Pacific, and so only the last half of the eclipse will be visible there.
Summary NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe will crash into the lunar surface, but it will keep collecting scientific data up until the moment it meets its violent end on the far side of the Moon. LADEE launched on Sept. 6, 2013 aboard a U.S. Air Force Minotaur V rocket assembled by Orbital Sciences from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, making it the first payload delivered by the Minotaur V and the first deep space mission launched from Wallops. After arriving at the Moon in early October, the probe was inserted into a near circular lunar orbit 156 miles above the moon.
Summary Two weeks before LADEE's mission expires and ground controllers set an impact trajectory for the dark side of the moon (planned for April 21), NASA scientists sent LADEE to debunk the crystal smog-like glow. The mission is somewhat of a shot in the dark with NASA scrap metal. "The moon's gravity field is so lumpy and the terrain is so highly variable with crater ridges and valleys that frequent maneuvers are required or the LADEE spacecraft will impact the moon's surface," LADEE project manager Butler Hine told NASA .