Search
Close this search box.
Search
Close this search box.

The Challenges of Moon Landings: Insights Beyond Apollo’s Era

The Challenges of Moon Landings

A private spacecraft called Odysseus is attempting to make history on Thursday by becoming the first moonlander launched from the United States to attempt a lunar landing in over 50 years. The modestly priced robot built by Houston-based startup Intuitive Machines is currently hurtling through space on track to touch down on the lunar surface near the south pole at 5:30 pm EST.

If successful, the pioneering landing could help jumpstart NASA’s Artemis program to return American astronauts to the moon this decade and regain lunar landing knowledge and expertise that have been lost since the last Apollo missions in the early 1970s.

“We’re learning to do things that we haven’t done in a long time, and what you’re seeing is organizations learning how to fly again,” said Scott Pace, director of George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. “Going to the moon is not a matter of just a brave or brilliant astronaut. It’s a matter of entire organizations that are organized, trained, and equipped to go out there.”

Odysseus and other modern lunar landers are attempting to accomplish the monumental feat of safely landing on the moon at a fraction of the cost of mid-20th-century missions. Adjusted for inflation, the Apollo program cost over $100 billion. India landed its Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on the moon in August for around $72 million. Through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, private companies like Intuitive Machines are providing robotic lander services at competitive prices.

However, the technical challenges of precisely navigating across vast distances and delicately touching down on rugged lunar terrain remain daunting. Without human pilots on board, modern landers rely on sophisticated cameras, sensors and guidance software to find safe landing zones during the perilous final descent. Yet success is not assured, as evidenced by multiple failed moon landing attempts over the past year by Russia, Japan and the U.S. company Astrobotic.

While failures may continue to occur as relative newcomers learn how to master complex moon landings, NASA and its partners are willing to embrace risks and iterate based on lessons learned. The hope is that early setbacks will ultimately lead to reliable pathways for returning humans to the lunar surface under the Artemis program later this decade.


Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Related Articles

Top Trending

Most Expensive Handbags for Women in the World
Elegance Redefined: 10 Most Expensive Handbags for Women in the World
Mature anime on crunchyroll
5 Best Mature Anime on Crunchyroll: A Must-Watch List in 2024
nhl approves coyotes move to utah
Coyotes on the Move to Utah After NHL Approves Sale
Emi Martinez Suspended
Emi Martinez Suspended: Drama in Conference League Semi-Final
Microsoft Vasa 1 AI Animates Images to Move Speak
Microsoft's VASA-1 AI Brings Any Image to Life with Movement and Speech

LIFESTYLE

Most Expensive Handbags for Women in the World
Elegance Redefined: 10 Most Expensive Handbags for Women in the World
Gift Ideas for Men
10 Thoughtful and Unique Gift Ideas for Men Who Have Everything
pohela boishakh 2024
Pohela Boishakh: Celebrating Bengali Culture and Heritage Festivities
Korean Beauty Secrets
10 Korean Beauty Secrets for Youthful Energy: Stay Young & Vibrant
Ancient Philosophers Guide to Happiness
Unlocking Happiness: Timeless Lessons from Ancient Philosophers

Entertainment

Mature anime on crunchyroll
5 Best Mature Anime on Crunchyroll: A Must-Watch List in 2024
antonio the ultimatum
Antonio The Ultimatum: A Journey to Love and Business Success
ralph macchio daughter
Meet Julia Macchio: Ralph Macchio's Daughter and Rising Actress
Ashanti Nelly Engaged Expecting Baby
Ashanti and Nelly Engaged, Expecting Their First Child Together
Taylor Swift Tokyo Tour Super Bowl
Everything to Know About Taylor Swift’s New Album 'The Tortured Poets Department'

GAMING

Mobile Sports Betting Apps in the US
The Surge of Mobile Sports Betting Apps in the US, Benefits and Drawbacks
Pokemon Go Updates Avatars Maps Photos
Pokemon Go Update: New Changes to Avatars, Map, Photos & More
Apple's First Approved iPhone Emulator Launches
Apple's First Approved iPhone Emulator Launches, Then Gets Removed
Prime Gaming
Is 2024 the Year Prime Gaming Takes Off?
Online Games for Stress Relief
Finding Calm in the Click: A Comparative Look at Online Games for Stress Relief

BUSINESS

Elon Musk India Tour 2024 Itinerary
Elon Musk Historic India Visit 2024 Itinerary: The Agendas So Far
Douglas Palermo
Financial Status of Douglas Palermo After His Bankruptcy [2024 Update]
Choose the Right ERP System
How to Choose the Right ERP System for Your Business?
Apple CEO Discusses Investment Plans
Apple CEO Discusses Investment Plans with Indonesian Leader
DEI Strategy
A Roadmap for Implementing and Sustaining a DEI Strategy

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Vasa 1 AI Animates Images to Move Speak
Microsoft's VASA-1 AI Brings Any Image to Life with Movement and Speech
Nokia Magic Max 5G
Nokia Magic Max 5G: A New Era of Smartphones Begins
Google Merges Android Chrome Hardware
Google Unifies Android, Chrome, and Hardware Divisions
electric mini car for adults
Electric Mini Car for Adults in 2024: Affordable and Stylish Options
How to Use Technology Mindfully
How to Use Technology Mindfully: Essential Tips for Balanced Tech

HEALTH

why veterans choose Out of Town Rehab
Finding Freedom: Why Veterans Should Opt for Out-of-Town Rehab?
Rock Hudson Last Days
Rock Hudson's Last Days: The Untold Story of His Final Moments
Best Stress Relief for Each Zodiac Sign
Relaxation by the Stars: Best Stress Relief for Each Zodiac Sign
Covid 19 No Link Asthma Risk Study
COVID-19 Does Not Raise Asthma Risk, Researchers Confirm
Williams Syndrome Famous People
5 Famous People in the World Dealing With Williams Syndrome [2024 Update]