Re-Entry Seals Peregrine’s Fate
Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on January 18th, 2024, ending its mission after a 10 day, tumultuous journey through cislunar space. While its launch was fully successful, riding atop the first United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket, the lander encountered a series of anomalies during its checkout phase which ultimately precluded a lunar landing. The mission came to an end on January 18th when the spacecraft re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, ensuring safe disposal and minimizing cislunar debris.
Published by Space Scout on 01/20/2024