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Broken Leg and Moon Dust

A new image from the first private moon landing shows the spacecraft touching down in a hazy mist. But that’s not fog – it’s exhaust gases kicking up moon dust. One of the lander’s six landing legs is visibly broken, but the spacecraft is still operating.

Leaning on Helium or Computer Shelf

The lander, nicknamed “Odie,” is tilted sideways and may be leaning on a helium tank or computer shelf. Despite the broken leg, the lander has surprised engineers by continuing to operate for longer than expected.

NASA’s Success and Investment

NASA considers the mission a success because all of their instruments on board the lander are functioning and collecting data. The agency invested $118 million in the mission.

Commercial Lunar Payload Services

The mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, which aims to establish regular moon missions in preparation for sending astronauts back to the moon.

Challenges of Moon Landings

Despite decades of advancements, landing on the moon without crashing remains challenging. The moon’s atmosphere provides no drag to slow down spacecraft, and there are no GPS systems to guide them.

Hope for Odysseus’s Revival

After a long lunar night, flight controllers plan to try to wake Odysseus from sleep mode. The risk is that the extreme cold could damage the batteries. However, there is hope, as Japan’s moon lander recently awoke from its own hibernation.