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Odysseus lander to be ‘put to sleep’

The team behind the Odysseus spacecraft says their mission has 'changed the economics of landing on the moon'. Speaking on Wednesday, representatives of Intuitive Machines said the lander will be "put to sleep" before being powered up again in the next two to three weeks. Last week it became the first privately developed spacecraft to soft land on the lunar surface. Sally Patterson has more.    

todayFebruary 29, 2024 1

Science & Technology

Odysseus Moon lander may have tipped sideways but is ‘stable’

A lunar lander which became the first privately owned spacecraft to land on the Moon is “stable” and is in communication with operators. Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C Odysseus lander, a private spacecraft, touched down in the Moon’s south pole region at 11.23pm UK time on Thursday. Steve Altemus, the chief executive and co-founder of Intuitive Machines, told a press conference the lander may have “tipped” but it is in communication with […]

todayFebruary 24, 2024 11


Japan’s moon probe resumes mission after regaining power

Japan’s space agency says its lunar probe has begun functioning again after losing power on the moon’s surface last week. The ‘SLIM’ explorer lost power days after successfully landing on the moon on January 19, but JAXA says it is now operational and restarting its mission. Chris Gilbert reports from Tokyo.

todayJanuary 29, 2024 7

Science & Technology

Japan craft made successful pin-point landing, space agency says

Japan's "Moon Sniper" craft landed around 55 metres (180 feet) from its target, the country's space agency said Thursday as it released the first images from the mission. The unmanned Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), dubbed the "Moon Sniper" for its pin-point technology, had the goal of touching down within 100 metres (330 feet) of a specific landing spot. That is much more precise than the usual landing zone […]

todayJanuary 25, 2024 11

Science & Technology

Japan’s little Moon toy: the camera probe ready to roll

By Natsuko Fukue On board Japan's "Moon Sniper" spacecraft is a little robot with a big mission: to pop open like a Transformer toy, wiggle across the lunar surface and beam images back to Earth. The shape-shifting SORA-Q probe -- co-developed by a major toy company -- has been compared to a friendly "Star Wars" droid and a sea turtle because of the way its metal form can navigate the […]

todayJanuary 19, 2024 11