Last week, we reported that, Intuitive Machines spacecraft, Odysseus, had landed on the moon. This week, we found it was a rough landing, where it broke a leg upon touching down near the moon’s south pole. It then tipped over, making it hard to communicate and maintain power. Despite the mishap, the lander was still operational for a short while, thanks to solar power, but was expected to lose contact due to the harsh lunar night. The mission is still considered a success by NASA, as the experiments are still working, and there is hope for survival of the lunar night. NASA feels the overall progress shows potential for future commercial moon landings.

The first private U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon broke a leg at touchdown before falling over, according to company officials who said Wednesday it was on the verge of losing power.

Found at phys.org