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 Novo foguetão lança missão privada à Lua (1) infographic
A infografia mostra as especificações na missão Peregrine 1.


Misssão privada à Lua falhada

By Jordi Bou

January 8, 2024 - Uma missão lunar privada que tentava fazer a primeira aterragem
suave na Lua em meio século está em risco após uma falha no
sistema de propulsão resultar numa “crítica perda” de combustível.

The launch was flawless, and the spacecraft, built by Astrobotic Technology of Pittsburgh, separated 50 minutes into the flight; its systems powered on successfully.

However, a few hours later, Astrobotic reported a problem that prevented the spacecraft, known as Peregrine, from keeping itself in a steady orientation pointed at the sun.

The problem could prevent the spacecraft’s solar arrays from generating sufficient power to operate normally. But Peregrine is not scheduled to enter lunar orbit for two-and-a-half weeks, offering time for Astrobotic engineers to diagnose and potentially fix the problem.

If the problems is solved, and everything else goes well, Peregrine would mark the first U.S. soft landing on the moon since the final Apollo landing in 1972, and the first-ever lunar landing by a private company – a feat that has proved elusive in recent years.

PUBLISHED: 13/01/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: NASA, Astrobotic