NASA scientists shot a two-minute video of a lunar flyby from a height of only 6 miles above the moon's surface, 3 days before crashing the spacecraft near the moon's north pole.
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A NASA probe recorded a spectacular flyover video of the moon's far side shortly before intentionally slamming into a lunar mountain last month.
NASA's Ebb spacecraft shot the stunning final moon video on Dec. 14, just three days before it and its twin Flow ended their gravity-mapping mission, known as GRAIL, with a dramatic crash near the moon's north pole.
Ebb was just 6 miles (10 kilometers) above the lunar surface when it captured the images using its MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) camera. The probe was skimming over the far side's northern hemisphere at the time, near an impact crater named Jackson.
GRAIL scientists pieced together about 2,400 individual frames to make the nearly two-minute video, NASA officials said.