But the big live public splash NASA had hoped for didn't quite happen. Screens got fuzz and no immediate pictures of the crash or the six-mile plume of lunar dust that the mission was all about.So, did it work?
NASA officials said their instruments were working, but the planned live photos were missing.Nearly half an hour after the crash, NASA was promising pictures updated to its Web site.
But so far all NASA had was "images on the way in," said NASA spokesman Grey Hautaluoma.
People who got up before dawn to look for the crash at Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory threw confused looks at each other instead.
Until the glitch with live images, NASA was riding high, reporting no trouble at the Ames Research Center in California, where the mission was being controlled.