An artist's concept of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft seen orbiting near the surface of the moon.
Image Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry
Hartebeesthoek, 25 April 2014. It has been confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the Moon on 17 April 2014, following a number of final manoeuvres performed from the South African National Space Agency's (SANSA) Hartebeesthoek station.
"We have been supporting this mission since the date of launch," says Tiaan Strydom, International Business Manager at SANSA Space Operations. "Our team played an important role in providing various TT&C support services to the probe since launch in September 2013, with this coming to an end as the final manoeuvres were executed together with other ground stations, tasking the probe to deorbit," explains Strydom. This placed the LADEE into a trajectory to impact the far side of the moon.