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NASA’s Odysseus lunar craft tips over after moon landing fail

  • Spacecraft tips over, remains operational
  • Solar energy generation hindered
  • Optimism for operational capabilities

The first privately-owned spacecraft to land on the moon has “tipped over on its side,” but NASA confirms that the craft is “alive and well.”

Data previously provided to Intuitive Machines indicated that Odysseus was positioned with its six feet on the ground. However, subsequent updates disclosed that the lander is, in fact, lying on the lunar terrain.

The organisation reported that one of the legs became entangled. This resulted in a side-to-side descent one day following a white-knuckle touchdown, which was subsequently deemed a gentle landing.

CEO Steve Altemus clarified that he and his team were not intentionally deceiving the public but rather were utilising “outdated data.”

It is thought that Odysseus is generating solar energy; however, its supine position impedes radio transmission.

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Altemus said at a news conference that the lander capsized on a boulder when its foot touched it while going laterally.

By having the preponderance of the payloads visible, each can gather scientific data.

“Altemus expressed optimism that the top deck solar array remains undamaged and that the sun will return around the lander to provide power,” he said as he illustrated Odysseus’ location on the moon with a model.

At the press briefing, he said Odysseus still has most of its operational capabilities after being passed over.

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