As the crippled Peregrine lunar lander burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, Astrobotic is ‘excited for the next adventure’

As the crippled Peregrine lunar lander burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, Astrobotic is ‘excited for the next adventure’

Astrobotic remains optimistic about the Peregrine lunar lander, despite the failure of the lander’s first mission.

Peregine launched on January 8 on the maiden flight of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) new Vulcan Centaur rocket. While the launch went smoothly, Peregrine suffered a propulsion malfunction just hours into its mission, resulting in a major propellant leak. It quickly became clear that Peregrine would not reach the Moon and would return to Earth, and the spacecraft eventually reentered the atmosphere and crashed over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday (January 18). Astrobotic kept the public informed throughout the mission, posting updates several times daily on how the troubled Peregrine lander was performing.

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