Big Picture: The first of several moon landers slated for this year launched Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA contracted with Astrobotic Technology, a private company, to deliver scientific equipment and experiments with the hopes of later resuming astronaut missions to the moon. If successful, the lander could become the first U.S. spacecraft to land on the lunar surface since 1972. However, hours after its Monday liftoff, Astrobotic reported some major technical issues that could impact its mission and as of this writing, the destiny of the project remains TBD.
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by Leah Grainery, based in Texas