The Peregrine 1 lunar lander, equipped with NASA scientific gear, launched successfully atop the Vulcan Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral.
This launch marks the inaugural flight of the Vulcan Centaur, developed by the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance, and aims for the first U.S. lunar soft landing in 50 years. Constructed by Astrobotic, a space robotics company, Peregrine targets a February 23 landing to collect lunar surface data, aiding future human missions. It’s part of NASA’s CLPS initiative, where private firms deliver payloads to the moon.
The mission carries various scientific instruments and non-scientific payloads, including a bitcoin and messages from children globally. The launch also commemorates Star Trek actors by sending their remains and DNA into space.