He Intuitive machines published on first images of its Odysseus lander on the lunar surface, while all NASA experiments on board continue to operate. This is the first return of The United States on the Moon since Apollo 17 and the first private lunar lander to transmit valuable scientific data from each NASA payload from the lunar surface, as Intuitive Machines reports on its X account, formerly Twitter.

The image above, the one which illustrates this news, shows Ulysses makes first contact with the lunar surface on February 22 as the spacecraft’s descent engine accelerated. The photograph shows one of the spacecraft’s legs as it carried out its primary task, absorbing first contact with the lunar surface. As the lander’s liquid methane and liquid oxygen engine was still accelerating, it ensured stability.

NASA and Intuitive Machines jointly hosted a press conference to provide an update on the status of the six NASA instruments that collected data on the IM-1 mission. During the briefing, the challenges and successes of the mission were discussed, including the downloading of more than 350 megabits of scientific data ready for analysis.

During the transit from Earth to the Moon, all payloads on the Moon JAR data used and received. During the descent and landing, guidance and navigation data were collected, which will help improve landing accuracy in the future, and the three payloads designed to operate on the surface received Datas.

Additionally, Intuitive Machines points out that successfully tested the operation of its liquid methane and liquid oxygen propulsion system in deep space during its first flight to the Moon. Another image released during the briefing, taken on February 27, shows the tilted orientation of the lander as well as a view of the Moon’s south pole region.

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