The compromised spacecraft, originally designed to scatter the ashes on the moon’s surface of the “Star Trek” actors, is now being prepared for an Earth-controlled crash.
Astrobotic, a private space robotics firm hired by Celestis, NASA to assist with the operation, has released an update regarding the planned Pacific Ocean crash.
Astrobotic posted an update to its website stating that the Peregrine has been positioned for a controlled, safe re-entry into Earth over a remote region of the South Pacific. The team has been monitoring the reentry analysis of NASA continuously, and it indicates that the reentry path will be over the area indicated below with no expected hazards.
The team’s top priority is a safe reentry, so they developed a two-step maneuver to move the spacecraft.
Astrobotic Technology provided an update on Tuesday, at noon. The solar batteries of its Peregrine Lunar Lander are fully charged, but the spacecraft that carries the lander is running out of fuel after approximately 40 hours.
Astrobotic stated that “given the propellant spill, there’s no chance” of a soft moon landing.
Peregrine took off at 2:18 am on a United Launch Alliance Vulcan from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Cape Canaveral in Florida. The NASA program launched its first rocket on Monday at 2:18 a.m. ET.
Sky News reported that the Peregrine Lander was also loaded with DNA from former President John F. Kennedy and several cast members of “Star Trek”.
The mission was derailed when the propulsion system of the spacecraft failed, causing a “critical failure”. This forced Astrobotic’s moon landing mission to be abandoned.
Astrobotic had announced that the Peregrine spacecraft would land on the Moon on February 23.
Astrobotic released the first image of the Multi-Layer insulation taken by Peregrine on the space station.
Astrobotic said that “as reentry will now be on Thursday, we have moved our previously scheduled media conference to Friday, 19 January at 1 pm (US Eastern Time) to provide an update of the mission.”