A Second Moon Lander Falls Over

Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.
2 min readFeb 29, 2024

If you can’t make sense of the above image, it’s ok. What you’re seeing is the view from the Odysseus Lunar Lander. Taken with a fish-eye lens, this camera should be showing you a horizon-to-horizon (-to-horizon-to-horizon) view of the lunar surface. That kind of an image, however, would require the lander, built by Intuitive Machines, to still be standing up. Which it is not. The lander came in hot and fell over, making Odysseus the…

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Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.

Astronomer, technologist, & creative focused on using new media to engage people in learning and doing science. Opinions & typos my own.