NASA has admitted that contact with the new satellite has been lost. That is, it can collide with the moon without supervision.
SpaceThe agency's CAPSTONE project started successfully as it was released from Earth's orbit on Monday.
But the news thatBoffincould no longer communicate with their technique quickly broke the excitement.
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In a statement, a NASA spokesman wrote: "After successful deployment and commissioning of the spacecraft on July 4, the spacecraft experienced communication problems during contact with the Deep Space Network.
"The spacecraft team is currently working to understand the cause and regain contact."
They previously had the main advantage of the project as fuel. He claimed that the use of was minimal and that he could stay in contact with the Earth at all times.
Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck describes their mission as "incredibly hard to carry out," and seeing it on the way to the moon is "incredible." Absolutely magnificent. "
NASA aims for a microwave-sized satellite to reach the Moon within four months, where it will analyze its own deep space orbit. I am in charge of.
The data fed back to scientists on Earth can help assess whether anomalous orbits are suitable for hosting a space station.
In the coming years, having lunar astronauts explore the lunar South Pole can be an important part of the plan.
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"We will also discuss the reliability of innovative spacecraft-to-spacecraft navigation solutions and the ability to communicate with the Earth.
" We are already at this point. I've learned a huge amount by now, and now I'm passionate about the importance of returning humans to the moon to stay! "