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How US private company made history by landing the first commercial spacecraft on the moon

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Intuitive Machines has achieved a significant milestone by successfully landing a spacecraft on the lunar surface, marking a historic first for a private company.

Flight controllers confirmed the landing at 5:23 p.m. CST, although the exact condition of the spacecraft remains unclear as engineers work to refine their signal with the lander.

“We can confirm that our equipment is on the surface of the moon and we are transmitting,” said mission director and Intuitive Machines CTO Tim Crain. “So congratulations IM team, we’ll see how much more we can get from that.”

“Houston, Odysseus has found its new home,” he added.

CEO Steve Altemus expressed his excitement after the landing, saying, “What an outstanding effort. I know this was a nail-biter, but we are on the surface and we are transmitting. Welcome to the moon.”

Despite challenges such as broken laser range finders, which are crucial for determining altitude and horizontal velocity, the company successfully landed the spacecraft. The lander utilized one of the onboard payloads, NASA’s laser and doppler lidar sensors, to guide itself to the lunar surface.

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