NASA has finally learnt where they smashed their spacecraft into the moon. Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) smashed into the moon on April 18, 2014. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has finally captured images of the LADEE debris.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team recently developed a new computer tool to search Narrow Angle Camera before and after image pairs for new craters, the LADEE impact event provided a fun test,” explained LROC Principal Investigator Mark Robinson of Arizona State University in Tempe. “As it turns there were several small surface changes found in the predicted area of the impact, the biggest and most distinctive was within 968 feet of the spot estimated by the LADEE operations team.”
The Space Agency stated that LADEE’s impact crater was less than 10 feet in diameter primarily because of the fact that the spacecraft was travelling slower when compared to other space objects.
Finding LADEE’s crater was a challenge but using precise Digital Image Processing tools, scientists were able to compare photos before and after impacts in order to locate the right crater.