First images from Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus

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First images from Intuitive Machines' Odysseus

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Intuitive Machines CEO Steve Altemus discusses how the business’s IM-1 lander toppled on the moon’s emerging throughout a NASA interview onFeb 22, 2024.

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Intuitive Machines’ freight lander, Odysseus, returned its very first images from the moon’s surface area over the weekend, as the spacecraft settles in to its lunar location.

The business’s historical IM-1 objective is now running on the moon after landing on Thursday, ending up being the very first independently established spacecraft to soft arrive at the lunar surface area.

Intuitive Machines at first reported Odysseus was standing upright. But in an upgrade late Friday, business executives stated they think the spacecraft captured its landing equipment sideways in the moon’s surface area while touching down and toppled.

Despite resting on its side, Odysseus is still returning information. Intuitive Machines anticipates Odysseus to run up until Tuesday early morning, when its photovoltaic panels will no longer be exposed to the sun.

Intuitive Machines’ stock fell 35% in Monday trading to close at $6.27 a share.

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The Odysseus lander brought 12 federal government and industrial payloads â $ ” 6 of which are for NASA under a $118 million agreement through the company’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services, or CLPS, effort.

NASA management stressed the IM-1 objective was still effective in spite of the spacecraft toppling, calling the landing “a gigantic accomplishment.”

The Nova- C lunar lander developed by aerospace business Intuitive Machines is shown at the business’s head office in Houston, Texas, onOct 3, 2023.

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One of the payloads, “EagleCam,” is a little electronic camera established by Embry â $’ Riddle AeronauticalUniversity Originally, EagleCam was to be ejected in the last minutes of Odysseus’ landing, to record the very first pictures of a moon landing from outside a spacecraft, however a problem with the lander’s navigation system indicated the electronic camera did not release. Embry-Riddle’s group stated Intuitive Machines still prepares to launch EagleCam from the lander at a later time.

Here are a few of the preliminary images from the landing:

Coming in for landing

The business’s freight lander Odysseus is seen flying towards the lunar surface area in preparation for its landing onFeb 22, 2024.

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On the surface area

A broad field-of-view image taken soon after Odysseus toppled.

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Spotted from above

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera determined Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lander on the surface area.

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