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Something has gone wrong with the moon lander: “Goodnight, Odie”


Apr 2, 2024

Odysseus, the US spacecraft, successfully landed on the surface of the Moon a week ago. This is a significant achievement as it marks the first time in over 50 years that a US spacecraft has landed on the lunar surface. The orb-launcher, Odysseus, was able to send a farewell broadcast before powering down on Friday. The image captured by Odysseus shows the Moon’s surface with the crescent-shaped Earth in the background. Intuitive Machines, the company behind the mission, expressed hope to hear from Odysseus again in the future.

Despite the successful landing, there were some technical challenges that Odysseus had to overcome. A technical issue was detected as the spacecraft approached the Moon’s surface, leading to the use of an experimental laser landing system developed by NASA. Odysseus is carrying supplies and instruments from NASA to the Moon, demonstrating the continued exploration and research efforts in space. While there was a momentary setback with Odysseus rolling onto its side after landing, the spacecraft was still able to transmit data from the Moon.

The mission of Odysseus represents a significant milestone in space exploration, showcasing the capabilities and advancements in technology that allow for such complex missions to be carried out. The successful landing on the Moon opens up possibilities for further research and exploration in the future. Odysseus’ mission paves the way for continued efforts in understanding the lunar surface and its potential for further exploration and discovery.

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