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NASA moon craft spots Ebb and Flow crash sites

5:11 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES - When NASA's twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow crashed into the moon last year, scientists were not sure they would get pictures of the impact sites.

On Tuesday, NASA released before-and-after images of the lunar north pole where Ebb and Flow came to rest. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter flew over the crash sites months later and imaged the final resting spots, which appear as dots in the pictures.

Ebb and Flow deliberately slammed into a lunar mountain in December after successfully mapping the moon's gravity field. The location was chosen because it was far away from the Apollo landings and other historic sites.

Scientists continue to analyze the last bit of data that the spacecraft beamed back right before their demise.

The Associated Press

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