Saturday, February 24, 2024

A Commercial U.S. Lander Arrives on The Moon | This Week @NASA

A Commercial U.S. Lander Arrives on The Moon | This Week @NASA

Week of February 23, 2024: A commercial United States lander arrives on the Moon, discussing science on the International Space Station, and preparing for the next space station crew rotation mission . . . a few of the stories to tell you about—This Week at NASA!

On February 22, 2024, the IM-1 Mission Nova-C Moon Lander, named "Odysseus," became the first American spacecraft to land on the Moon’s surface since the NASA Apollo 17 moon landing in 1972. It appears that the lander is in a horizontal orientation instead of a vertical one and that constant and reliable communications with the lander remains an issue. Over the weekend, Intuitive Machines hopes to provide the first pictures and an update on the spacecraft's operational capabilities and status.

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China's Chang'e 3 Mission, the first Chinese landing on the Moon in 2013, was the first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976.

In 2023, after the Chandrayaan-3 Lander successfully soft-landed on the Moon, India became the fourth country, after the United States, Russia and China, to accomplish this.

NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative allows NASA to send science investigations and technology demonstrations to the lunar surface. Under Artemis, NASA will study more of the Moon than ever before, and CLPS will demonstrate how NASA is working with commercial companies to achieve robotic lunar exploration.

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Video Credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Duration: 2 minutes, 51 seconds

Release Date: Feb. 24, 2024

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