Astrobotic Experiences Issue Aboard First NASA CLPS Robotic Flight to the Moon

Carrying NASA science planned for the Moon, United Launch Alliance successfully launched its Vulcan rocket and Astrobotic’s lunar lander early this morning. Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander experienced a propulsion issue after the spacecraft entered its operational state. This prevented Astrobotic from achieving sun-pointing orientation. The company is assessing and will provide more information as soon as it is available.

“Each success and setback are opportunities to learn and grow,” said Joel Kearns, deputy associate administrator for exploration at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.  “We will use this lesson to propel our efforts to advance science, exploration, and commercial development of the Moon.”

Below are updates from Astrobotic so far:

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https://twitter.com/astrobotic/status/1744543629392134194

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