U.S. Spacecraft Lands On Moon For First Time In 51 Years

February 23, 2024

What we can confirm without a doubt, is our equipment is on the surface of the moon.

Intuitive Machines’ chief technology officer, Tim Crain, after the Houston-based company’s lunar lander successfully made it to the moon after a week-long journey.

Why It Matters: The lunar lander (with no people on board) is part of NASA’s larger Artemis campaign, which seeks to put astronauts back on the moon in the coming years. On Thursday, the lunar lander became the first American spacecraft to softly land on the moon since the 1972 Apollo 17 moon landing. It also marks the first time a private space company has successfully reached the moon’s surface.

Read More: Intuitive Machines makes first U.S. moon landing in 51 years (The Washington Post)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas