US To Return To Moon After 50 Years

After over 50 years since the final Apollo mission, the United States is set to make another attempt to land a spacecraft on the Moon on January 25.

The unmanned lander, Peregrine, developed by Astrobotic, is scheduled for a lunar mission. It will carry NASA instruments to study the lunar environment ahead of Artemis manned missions.

NASA chose to engage US companies in the CLPS program, instructing them to transport scientific experiments and technologies to the Moon several years ago.

Through the CLPS program, fixed-price contracts are granted to US companies, enabling the cost-effective transportation of scientific experiments and technologies to the Moon 

The inaugural flight of the new Vulcan Centaur rocket from the ULA industrial group is set for takeoff on December 24 from Florida.

Following its launch on December 24, the probe will take a few days to reach lunar orbit. The landing attempt is scheduled for January 25, allowing for optimal light conditions.

The descent will be carried out autonomously, without human intervention, but will be monitored from the company's control center.

In spring, the Japanese start-up ispace aimed to be the first private company to land on the Moon, but the mission ended in a crash. Successful Moon landings include the United States, Russia, China, and India.