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Odysseus realiza alunagem histórica

By Jordi Bou

February 22, 2024 - Um módulo lunar construído pela empresa aeroespacial Intuitive Machines de Houston realizou a primeira alunagem dos EUA em mais de meio século e a primeira de uma nave privada.

The company’s Nova-C lander, nicknamed Odysseus, lifted off on February 15 atop a Falcon 9 rocket flown by SpaceX from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Odysseus is carrying a range of scientific instruments, designed to gather data about the lunar environment ahead of NASA's planned return of astronauts to the moon later this decade.

If successful, flight would represent the first controlled descent to the lunar surface by a U.S. spacecraft since the final Apollo crewed moon mission in 1972, and the first by a private company.

The launch of the Intuitive Machines mission comes just one month after another American company, Astrobotic Technology of Pittsburgh, attempted to send Peregrine, its lander, to the moon. But a malfunction with its propulsion system shortly after launch prevented any possibility of landing.

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PUBLISHED: 23/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: NASA/JPL/USGS
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