Headline RoundupFebruary 23rd, 2024

Odysseus Lander Marks First US Moon Landing Since 1972

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lunar lander touched down in the moon's South Pole region on Thursday, marking the first U.S. trip to the moon since 1972.

The Details: Mission control was initially unsure of whether Odysseus reached the moon intact. Upon landing, the spacecraft only produced a weak signal back to mission control, and flight controllers took several hours to establish a better connection. Data from Odysseus began to come in roughly two hours after it landed. 

For Context: The spacecraft is designed to operate for seven days on solar energy before the sun sets over its landing site. It will study weather and other aspects of the environment to explore the viability of future moon landings. Odysseus was sent to the moon last week on a SpaceX rocket launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered the news as a top story Friday. Stories from left- and center-rated sources often mentioned the issues with the landing more prominently than stories from right-rated sources did. Reuters (Center bias) highlighted "questions about whether the vehicle may have been left impaired or obstructed in some way." The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) mentioned how Intuitive Machines "ended its live webcast soon after identifying a lone, weak signal from the lander."

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