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Intuitive Machines, a Houston-based company, is set to launch a spacecraft called Odie on February 14 in an attempt to achieve the first U.S. soft landing on the moon since 1972.
We understand and welcome the responsibility of our IM-1 mission, said Intuitive Machines' vice president of space systems Trent Martin in a January 31 media briefing.
The mission, named IM-1, is part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, which aims to save money by outsourcing lunar deliveries to private companies.
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