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First U.S. moon lander in decades suffers "critical" fuel loss upon launch

Posted on AllSides January 8th, 2024
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A new rocket developed by the United Launch Alliance deployed the first lunar lander from the U.S. in decades, on Monday, but the spacecraft suffered a "critical" fuel loss hours into its flight.

Why it matters: The rocket was carrying Astrobotic Technology's Peregrine lander, which is set to be the first commercial lander to touch down on the moon — and may install a cemetery on the lunar surface.

If Peregrine successfully lands next month, it would also be the first American lander on the moon since the end of...

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