SpaceX postpones launch of probe that would land on the Moon until Thursday (15)

The North American company Intuitive Machines and SpaceX have postponed the sending of a rocket with a module that would land on the Moon. Namely, the mission was scheduled for this Wednesday (14), but the companies will make a new attempt this Thursday ( 15).

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As a result, takeoff was scheduled for 12:57 a.m. on Wednesday in Florida, but NASA announced the postponement after detecting “out of normal methane temperatures before introducing the methane load.”

“Now, we are scheduling it for 1:05 am on Thursday,” added the American space agency on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

Where did this come from?

It is worth remembering that the IM-1 mission intends to send a landing module more than four meters high developed by the company Intuitive Machines, based in Texas and founded in 2013.

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The device should take off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, southeastern United States.

Shortly after liftoff, the lander must separate from the rocket’s upper stage and receive power. You must then establish communication with the Intuitive Machines control room, located in Houston, Texas.

“This is a pivotal moment for space exploration, in which private companies play an increasingly vital role,” Intuitive Machines said.

Furthermore, this is the company’s first lunar mission attempt, but the second under NASA’s new CLPS program, which hired private companies to transport scientific equipment to the natural satellite, with the aim of preparing the return of astronauts to the Moon.