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BumRushDaShow

(131,717 posts)
Thu Feb 22, 2024, 07:43 PM Feb 2024

Intuitive Machines lands on the moon in historic first for a U.S. company

Source: CNBC

Published Thu, Feb 22 2024 3:11 PM EST Updated 2 Min Ago


A U.S. company has gone to the moon – and into the history books. Intuitive Machines IM-1 mission reached the moon’s surface on Thursday evening, in the first American lunar landing since the Apollo era.

The company’s Nova-C cargo lander, named “Odysseus” after the mythological Greek hero, is the first U.S. spacecraft to land on the lunar surface since 1972. Adding to the feat, Intuitive Machines is the first company to pull off a moon landing — government agencies have carried out all previously successful missions.

“We are on the surface ... welcome to the moon,” Intuitive Machines’ mission control said. “Odysseus has found his new home.” There was an delay, as expected, between the landing and when engineers were able to assess its success.

A few minutes after the expected landing time, Intuitive Machines’ mission control was still trying to reconnect communications with the lander to confirm whether it landed. The company’s mission control ultimately picked up a signal and announced its lander was on the surface.



Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2024/02/22/intuitive-machines-lunr-im-1-moon-landing-for-nasa.html










Article updated.

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Published Thu, Feb 22 2024 3:11 PM EST Updated 2 Min Ago


A U.S. company has gone to the moon – and into the history books.

Intuitive Machines IM-1 mission reached the moon’s surface on Thursday evening, in the first American lunar landing since the Apollo era.

The company’s Nova-C cargo lander, named “Odysseus” after the mythological Greek hero, is the first U.S. spacecraft to land on the lunar surface since 1972. Adding to the feat, Intuitive Machines is the first company to pull off a moon landing — government agencies have carried out all previously successful missions.

“We are on the surface ... welcome to the moon,” Intuitive Machines’ mission control said. There was delay between the landing and when engineers will be able to assess its success.
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pfitz59

(10,494 posts)
2. Will need to land a lot of cargo pods
Thu Feb 22, 2024, 08:27 PM
Feb 2024

before a lunar station can be erected. I so want to see a manned station of the moon before I die. Stairway to the stars. As many have said "The earth is too fragile a basket to hold all mankind."

angrychair

(8,861 posts)
5. At first I was interested
Thu Feb 22, 2024, 10:08 PM
Feb 2024

Now that I know it was a private company I am deeply disappointed and even more worried about the future of space.

Private companies only do things for profit. If we concede space to private enterprise than we are truly lost. There isn't a dystopian book or film that takes in space that didnt have a private company at its center

Hotler

(11,589 posts)
11. Wow, i forgot what a piece of work this Co. is. This is the Dick Cheney's baby. I have always thought
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 10:39 AM
Feb 2024

that Liz Cheney speaking out is to protect the NECON interest. A fascist dictator could steal it at any time and there would be nothing they could do about it.
I remember Brown & Root being big anti union.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KBR_(company)

EX500rider

(10,945 posts)
12. Isn't the US government one of kbr's largest customers
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:01 AM
Feb 2024

They certainly were when they were running bases in Afghanistan and Iraq

twodogsbarking

(10,306 posts)
7. I can see it now, "Trump Cheese Company", with cheese from the moon. Pre-order now, operators are taking orders.
Thu Feb 22, 2024, 10:46 PM
Feb 2024

Aristus

(66,801 posts)
13. A private corporation lands on the Moon a mere fifty-five years after the socialist government program beat them to it.
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 11:55 AM
Feb 2024

Yay, corporate America!


EX500rider

(10,945 posts)
14. "Corporate" America built the Apollo rockets also
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 05:51 PM
Feb 2024

The Saturn V lead contractors were Boeing, North American Aviation, Douglas Aircraft Company, and IBM.

The Apollo Lunar Module was built by Grumman.

Aristus

(66,801 posts)
15. I know. But the management organization (NASA), and all of its employees (astronauts) were government workers.
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 06:57 PM
Feb 2024

n/t

EX500rider

(10,945 posts)
16. And that's somehow better?
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 07:14 PM
Feb 2024

No reason the government should have a monopoly on Space
it's open to all

Aristus

(66,801 posts)
17. No. The whole thing was just a musing on the corporate lubejob about being
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 07:18 PM
Feb 2024

more efficient and cost-effective than the eeeevul gubmint.

And if it hadn't been for NASA juicing up the rocket propulsion game, corporate America would be building the best canvas biplanes in the world.

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