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Intuitive Machines is preparing to launch the Nova-C IM-1 lander on a mission to the moon, aiming to achieve the first private soft-landing and the first American spacecraft landing since Apollo. The lander will carry 220 pounds of NASA demonstration technologies and commercial payloads from partners such as artist Jeff Koons and Columbia Sportswear.
You can't look at that lander and not see art. That's the art of engineering.
Intuitive Machines CEO Stephen Altemus expresses excitement about his team's accomplishment and the artistry in the engineering of the lander. The mission's potential historic significance is overshadowed by the team's achievement of building the spacecraft. Two larger IM landers are scheduled for launches in the upcoming year, all part of NASA's program to involve private industry in returning to the moon to reduce mission costs.
IM-1 will ferry 220 pounds of 11 NASA demonstration technologies and commercial payloads...