Published: 11:56, February 21, 2024 | Updated: 11:57, February 21, 2024
US private lunar lander scheduled to land on moon Thursday
By Xinhua

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb 15, 2024. The rocket is carrying Intuitive Machines’ lunar lander on its way to the moon. If all goes well, a touchdown attempt would occur Feb 22, after a day in lunar orbit. (PHOTO / AP)

LOS ANGELES - The first lunar lander of US company Intuitive Machines is scheduled to land on the moon this Thursday, according to the latest update of the company.

The lander, named Odysseus, was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last Thursday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It marks Intuitive Machines' first robotic flight to the moon's surface. Odysseus, carrying NASA science and other commercial payloads to the moon, aims to make the first moon landing of a US spacecraft in five decades.

Odysseus continues to be in excellent health, and flight controllers are analyzing and managing the lander's thermal conditioning for critical systems and payloads with a combination of heater power and attitude control to maximize efficiency, according to the company.

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The lander is scheduled to land on the moon at 4:49 pm Thursday Central Time.

NASA is working with several US companies to deliver science and technology to the lunar surface through the Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative.