It just impacted on the surface

WikiNews posted an article titled “India’s flag landed on Moon” on Saturday. Here are the first two sentences of the article:

At 8:34 p.m. Indian time Friday night (1504 UTC), India became the fourth country to land its flag on the Moon. The unmanned lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 ejected its Moon Impact Probe, which hurtled across the surface of the Moon at 1.5 kilometres per second (3000 miles per hour), and successfully crash landed near the Moon’s south pole.

I think “successfully crash landed” is about the worst way to describe what happened. It sounds contradictory, like a poor attempt to spin a horrible disaster. I would go with “impacted the lunar surface” or something similar.

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