Locally Named Satellites Will Crash into the Moon Today!
NASA’s latest moon mission is coming to and end! Twin satelittes named by elementary students in Bozeman will meet their demise later this afternoon! The two spacecraft will crash into a mountain near the moon’s north pole at approximately 3:28 Mountain time today after nearly a year in orbit.
The satellites known as Ebb and Flow, which were named by 4th graders at Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman have been measuring the moon’s gravity to better understand it’s interior and early history. To collect data, they have had to circle low above the lunar surface. But they are running out of fuel so NASA will command them to hit the surface. However, since NASA planned this crash to avoid striking the Apollo landing sites or any other place on the moon with special importance, it will occur on the dark side of the moon and we won’t be able to see it! You can watch it online though at NASA TV!