Moon lander Odysseus tipped sideways on lunar surface but 'alive and well'

February 24, 2024

The moon lander dubbed Odysseus is "alive and well" but resting on its side a day after its white-knuckle touchdown as the first private spacecraft ever to reach the lunar surface, and the first from the U.S. since 1972, the company behind the vehicle said on Friday. The spacecraft is believed to have caught one of its landing feet on the uneven lunar surface and tipped over, coming to rest sideways, propped up on a rock at one end, said CEO Stephen Altemus, whose company built and flew the lander. A brief mission status report posted to the company's website earlier on Friday described Odysseus "alive and well." Intuitive Machines' Odysseus spacecraft passes over the near side of the Moon following lunar orbit insertion on February 21, 2024, in this handout image released February 22, 2024. However, two of the spacecraft's antennae were left pointed at the surface, a circumstance that will limit communications with the lander, Altemus said.

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