The Peregrine spacecraft did not reach the Moon: it burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean

The Peregrine spacecraft did not reach the Moon: it burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean


The American spaceship Peregrine One burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. The mission did not achieve its goal – due to engine malfunction, the device did not reach the Moon.

About this reported the developers of the landing module are Astrobotic.

Due to a serious fuel leak, the company was unable to use the device as a landing module for landing on the moon. Therefore, it was turned into a “spaceship” and programmed to destroy itself.

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Peregrine One was directed into the Earth’s atmosphere, where it burned up, and its remains fell into the Pacific Ocean.

Photo: United Launch Alliance

“It was a deliberate, if disappointing, end to a journey that lasted 10 days and covered more than half a million miles, with the craft passing the orbit of the Moon before returning to Earth.” – writes The New York Times.

The Peregrine module carried, in particular, the cargo of the Ukrainian-British company Spacebit, which was founded by the Ukrainian Pavlo Tanasiuk. There was a flag and a map of Ukraine on a metal plate.

In addition to scientific equipment, the spacecraft carried cargo for Astrobotic’s private customers, such as human and animal ashes.

The Peregrine One mission is the first of eight planned NASA lunar missions under the Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the moon. The mission began on January 8, 2024 at 9:18 a.m. Kyiv time from the Cape Canaveral Spaceport in Florida.

An American lander was scheduled to land on the moon for the first time in more than 50 years since the end of the Apollo program in 1972, which landed astronauts on the moon.

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