Cape Canaveral, FL – January 7, 2024
Peregrine Lander: Ast robotic’s Historic Lunar Mission Prepares for Liftoff
Cape Canaveral, FL – On January 7, 2024, Astrobotic’s “Peregrine” lunar lander, poised to make history as the first commercial mission to achieve a controlled landing on the moon, is set for launch.
Developed by the Pittsburgh-based company, the Peregrine is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral at 2:18 a.m. ET atop the United Launch Alliance’s state-of-the-art Vulcan Centaur rocket.
If successful, this mission could usher in a new era for the commercial space industry, granting private enterprises unprecedented access to lunar exploration and marking a significant milestone for Astrobotic and the city of Pittsburgh.
Controversial Space Burials Included in Lunar Mission
As the Peregrine mission carries five NASA instruments to the lunar surface, it also includes a controversial component involving “space burials.” Two companies, Elysium Space and Celestis, have entrusted the lander to transport cremated remains into orbit or onto the moon.
However, this inclusion has raised concerns, notably from BuuNygren, president of the Navajo Nation, who considers it a potential desecration of the sacred celestial body.
Despite the controversy, the mission, sponsored by “NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program,” signifies a groundbreaking collaboration between public and private sectors, demonstrating the increasing role of private enterprises in shaping the future of space exploration.