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Eve Of Destruction: Failed U.S. Lunar Lander Bound For Fiery End In Earth’s Atmosphere

The failed Peregrine lunar lander will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere late Thursday and burn up on re-entry somewhere over the South Pacific.

Experts had been working with NASA and other space companies to find the most safe and responsible way of ending Peregrine’s mission.

The doomed lander suffered a critical propellant leak shortly after launching from Florida on its Vulcan rocket last week, as Breitbart News reported.

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic has decided to dispose of the craft, rather let it wander aimlessly through space, posing a collision hazard.

Astrobotic has positioned the Peregrine spacecraft for a safe, controlled re-entry to Earth over a remote area of the South Pacific. 

“Astrobotic has positioned the Peregrine spacecraft for a safe, controlled re-entry to Earth over a remote area of the South Pacific. The team has been continuously monitoring our re-entry analysis with [the US space agency, Nasa],” the company said in its latest mission update.

“We expect re-entry to occur at approximately 16:00 Thursday, January 18 EST (21:00 GMT).”

Peregrine is the first of eight planned missions in NASA’s commercial lunar payload services initiative.

The Associated Press

How it started: The brand new rocket, United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41d at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 8, 2024, for its maiden voyage, carrying Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander.

NASA hopes it can reduce the cost of future missions by sponsoring the private sector.

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The last time the U.S. launched a moon-landing mission was in December 1972.

Source: Breitbart

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