Intuitive Machines’ moon lander despatched dwelling its first photographs and so they’re breathtaking

Intuitive Machines’ lunar lander is effectively on its technique to the moon after launching with out a hitch on Thursday, however it managed to snap a couple of unbelievable photographs of Earth whereas it was nonetheless near dwelling. The corporate shared the primary batch of photographs from the IM-1 mission on X in the present day after confirming in an earlier submit that the spacecraft is “in wonderful well being.” Together with a view of Earth and a few partial selfies of the Nova-C lander, nicknamed Odysseus, you possibly can even see the SpaceX Falcon 9 second stage falling away within the distance after separation.

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Odysseus is on observe to make its moon touchdown try on February 22, and thus far seems to be performing effectively. The group posted a collection of updates on X on the finish of the week confirming the lander has handed some key milestones forward of its landing, together with engine firing. This marked “the first-ever in-space ignition of a liquid methane and liquid oxygen engine,” in keeping with Intuitive Machines.

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