Intuitive luna lander reportedly tipped over, share price falls

Intuitive Machines initially reported Odysseus was standing upright. But in an update on Friday 23rd February 2024, the company reported they believe the spacecraft caught its landing gear sideways in the moon’s surface while touching down and tipped over.

Intuitive Machines’ cargo lander, Odysseus, returned its first images from the moon’s surface over the weekend.

Historic achievement

The company’s historic IM-1 mission is now operating on the moon after landing on Thursday 22nd February 2024, becoming the first privately developed spacecraft to soft land on the lunar surface.

Despite resting on its side, Odysseus is still sending back data. Intuitive Machines expects Odysseus to operate until Tuesday morning, when its solar panels will no longer be exposed to the sun.

Intuitive Machines’ stock fell 35% in trading on Monday 26th February 2024 to close down at $6.27 a share.

Artist’s impression of Intuitive Machines luna lander on the moon

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