American spaceship facedown on the Moon after dramatic touchdown

Feb23,2024



Washington: first American spacecraft Apollo 10 likely ended up in dirt after getting stuck on a rock during its dramatic landing on the moon, the company that built it said Friday.
Odysseus landed near the moon's south pole at 6:23 p.m. Eastern time (2323 GMT) on Thursday, after a final descent that left ground teams switching to a backup guidance system and establishing radio contact after the lander landed several minutes later. Engaged. To rest.
Intuitive machines, which achieved the first lunar landing by a private companyX initially posted that its hexagonal spacecraft was upright, but CEO Steve Altemus told reporters on Friday that the statement was based on misinterpreted data.
The latest news that it was being laid aside took some of the shine off this achievement, which was widely hailed as a historic achievement.
“The solar arrays are being powered up,” Altemus said, adding that NASA's science experiments can still operate.
But due to complications associated with the landing, it was decided not to shoot an external camera to capture the landing, according to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which manufactures the “EagleCam” device.
Cameras will now be deployed from the ground to attempt to obtain a third-person image of Odysseus.
immediate solution
Odysseus is considered the first success for a new fleet of NASA-funded lunar landers designed to conduct science investigations that could pave the way for the return of American astronauts to the Moon later this decade under the Artemis program. Is.
Last month, a Chandrayaan-1 mission by another US company ended in failure, raising the stakes to demonstrate that private industry has no way of repeating the feat achieved by US space agency NASA during its manned Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Has the capacity.
Underscoring the technical challenges, Intuitive Machines' own navigation technology failed and ground engineers were forced to jerry-rig a solution, hastily writing a software patch to switch to an experimental NASA laser guidance system. It was intended to run only as a technology demonstration.
Landing confirmation should have come a few seconds after the milestone, but instead about 15 minutes passed.
Finally, the company's Chief Technology Officer Tim Crain confirmed, “Our instrument is on the lunar surface and we are transmitting,” as Mission Control broke into applause.
commercial moon fleet
NASA paid Intuitive Machines $118 million to send six experiments as part of an initiative to turn cargo services over to the private sector to achieve savings and stimulate the broader lunar economy.
Odysseus also carries cargo for private customers, including reflective heat wrapping developed by Columbia Sportswear to protect the spacecraft's cryogenic propulsion tanks.
The United States, along with international partners, plans to develop long-term habitation at the South Pole, collecting ice there for drinking water and rocket fuel for further trips to Mars.
The first crewed landing under NASA's Artemis program is scheduled to occur before 2026. Meanwhile, China plans to land its first crew on the Moon in 2030, ushering in a new era of space competition.
This mission was the fourth attempt at a soft lunar touchdown by the private sector. Intuitive Machines joins the national space agencies of the Soviet Union, the United States, China, India, and Japan in an exclusive club.



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