Madrid, as 15. (Europe Press) –
Astrobotic, the manufacturer of NASA's abortive Peregrine lunar lander, has decided to load the instruments and complete the mission. Departed on January 8- Makes way back to Earth.
NASA suggested that due to fuel loss preventing Peregrine from reaching its destination “Let the spacecraft burn up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.” As this is an individual mission, Astrobotic has made the final decision on Peregrine's final flight path.
“Ultimately, we must balance our own desire to extend Peregrine's life, launch payloads, and learn more about the spacecraft with the risk of damage to our spacecraft. Cislunar can cause a problem in space” the company explains It is a statement.
“Thus, we have taken the difficult decision to maintain the spacecraft's current trajectory re-enter Earth's atmosphere. By completing Peregrine's mission responsibly, we are doing our part to secure the future of cislunar space for all.”
Despite the propulsion system problem, the mission team was able to stabilize the vehicle, provide power to all active payloads, and enable payload data collection. The spacecraft has been in space for 6 days and 16 hours, and Peregrine continues to lose thrust.
Although Astrobotic believes the spacecraft could have operated for several more weeks and raised its orbit to avoid touching Earth, “the paradoxical condition of the propulsion system and Use the vehicle's internal capabilities to complete the task responsibly and safely.”
Peregrine will soon return to Earth's atmosphere and the vehicle was on January 14 About 376,000 kilometers away. “We are working with NASA to continue to develop and evaluate Peregrine's controlled re-entry route. We do not believe that Peregrine's re-entry would pose safety risks and that the spacecraft would burn up in Earth's atmosphere,” the statement added.
was astropodic America's first trip to the lunar surface since the Apollo program.