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Unmanned Robot Reached the Moon For the First Time Since Apollo 17 Landed in 1972

Photo captured from Sen. Bill Nelson’s X account

Odysseus finally landed on the Moon Thursday evening after some time of wandering the world. A private spacecraft, Odysseus is operated by Intuitive Machines based in Houston, TX. After launching the SpaceX rocket station, it lost contact with NASA when it approached the surface of the moon.

“We can confirm, without a doubt, that our equipment is on the surface of the moon,” said Stephen Altemus, CEO of Intuitive Machines, the Houston-based company that operated the Odysseus spacecraft. “Welcome to the moon.” after it appeared the surface of the moon released many hues moments with worrisome.

According to, this joint mission is “an unmanned robot carrying 6 NASA scientific instruments and bearing the dream of a new adventure, a new adventure in science, innovation, and American leadership,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said. He added, “Today for the first time in more than a half-century, the U.S. has returned to the moon.”

This is the first time the private commercial spacecraft landing on the Moon got paid $118 million by NASA.

On the eighth day of the quarter-million-mile voyage, it arrived as expected. “What a triumph for humanity,” Bill Nelson said on his X account.

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