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Five things to know about the Odysseus moon landing 

Five things to know about the Odysseus moon landing 

A robotic lunar lander developed by Houston-based Intuitive Machines became the first private spacecraft to land on the moon Thursday. The Odysseus lunar lander’s victory, the first U.S. landing on the moon in over 50 years, faced some difficulties in its trip to the lunar surface, with Intuitive Machines CEO Stephen Altemus calling it “a nail-biter” following the landing. Here are five things to know about the landing: It was the first lunar landing for the U.S. in over 50 years Odysseus’s touchdown on the lunar surface marked the first lunar landing for a U.S. spacecraft in over 50 years, according to The Associated Press. The last lunar landing occurred in 1972 with the Apollo 17 mission. It was the first private spacecraft to land on the moon Odysseus became the first private spacecraft to land on the moon when it touched down Thursday. It’s part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services, featuring private contracts between the agency and U.S. companies for the delivery of materials to the moon. “Odysseus has a new home,” Intuitive …

Japan Says Moon Lander ‘Resumed Operations’

Japan Says Moon Lander ‘Resumed Operations’

TOKYO —  Japan’s moon lander has resumed operations, the space agency said on Monday, indicating that power had been restored. After it landed on Jan. 20, JAXA had said that problems with the craft’s solar batteries meant they were not generating power. “Last evening we succeeded in establishing communication with SLIM, and resumed operations,” JAXA said on X, formerly Twitter. “We immediately started scientific observations with MBC and have successfully obtained first light for 10-band observation,” it said, referring to the lander’s multiband spectroscopic camera. The agency posted on X an image shot by the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) of “toy poodle,” a rock observed near the lander. The touchdown made Japan only the fifth nation to achieve a soft lunar landing, after the United States, the Soviet Union, China and India. But around three hours after landing, JAXA decided to switch SLIM off with 12% power remaining to allow for a possible resumption when the sun’s angle changed. The lander achieved its goal of landing within 100 meters of its target, touching …