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The United States is gearing up for its first moon mission in over half a century as the “Astrobotic lunar lander” Peregrine is scheduled for an early Monday launch.

Set to lift off at approximately 2:18 AM ET atop the United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan Centaur Rocket, this mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS), aiming to facilitate commercial deliveries to the Moon. Nicola Fox, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, expressed excitement about the project, stating, “We are so excited to see this vision become a reality. CLPS is an innovative way of leveraging American companies to send important science and technology payloads to the Moon.”

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Peregrine is expected to carry 20 cargo payloads from various entities, including governments, companies, universities, and NASA’s CLPS. Among the items being sent are five NASA payloads containing instruments and tools for scientists to study the Moon further. Additionally, space companies like Celestis and Elysium Space will send memorials and human remains aboard the flight, honoring scientists, family members, and public figures.


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