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Peregrine Mission-1

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Recent News
January 2024
First American commercial lunar lander
Experienced propulsion issue
Launched by ULA's Vulcan rocket
Critical fuel leak
Landing attempt jeopardized
When
Launched on 8 January 2024
Planned lunar landing date
23 February 2024
Why
First U.S. lunar landing in decades
Part of NASA's CLPS initiative
To lay foundation for human missions
Sustainable human presence on Moon
What
Built by Astrobotic Technology
Selected for NASA's CLPS
Payload capacity
90 kg
Carrying 20 payloads
5 from NASA
Various scientific instruments
Mementos, other payloads
First Latin American instruments
By Agencia Espacial Mexicana
Lithium-ion battery
Solar panel powered
Avionics systems
Guidance, navigation
Doppler LiDAR
Where
Lunar surface
Sinus Viscositatis region
Nearside of Moon
Who
Astrobotic Technology
Based in Pittsburgh
United Launch Alliance
Provided Vulcan rocket
NASA
CLPS initiative
Five payloads
How
Vulcan Centaur rocket
Lunar orbit
Several weeks
Soft landing attempt
Significance
Historic mission
Supports Artemis missions
Commercialization of Moon
Science, technology demonstration
Human remains, mementos aboard
Challenges
High risk
Moon landings historically difficult
Propulsion issue
Critical fuel leak
Payload approval by contractors
Way Forward
Continued attempts
NASA and partners
More CLPS lunar launches
Planned before end of 2024

Peregrine Mission-1, launched on January 8, 2024, marks a significant milestone as the first American commercial lunar lander. This mission, part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, aims to lay the foundation for future human missions and establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon. The lander, built by Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology and launched aboard United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket, experienced a propulsion issue and a critical fuel leak, jeopardizing its planned landing on February 23. The mission carries a variety of payloads, including five from NASA, scientific instruments, and other items representing human achievements. Despite challenges like the high risk of lunar landings and technical issues, the mission signifies the beginning of lunar commercialization and supports the upcoming Artemis missions.

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