Inaugural Mission: Peregrine Mission One – A Step beyond for Humanity
Date: Jnuary 8 2024
Scheduled for 2:18 a.m. EST (0718 UTC)
Location: Launch from Cape Canaveral base in Florida to Lunar and Beyond
First launch for ULA’s VULCAN rocket! It will send a lander to the Moon on this first mission!
The lunar lander, Peregrine, poised just before its inaugural flight. The inaugural mission, Peregrine Mission One, commences on January 8, 2024.
The lander is propelled into space by the inaugural flight of the Vulcan Centaur rocket, lifting off from the Cape Canaveral base in Florida.
This historic launch marks the beginning of an exciting journey as Peregrine sets out on its mission to explore and uncover the mysteries of the lunar landscape.
Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander
Witness the lift-off of Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander as it ascends from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, propelled by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan rocket.
Scheduled for 2:18 a.m. EST (0718 UTC) on Monday, January 8, 2024, this marks the first-ever U.S. commercial robotic launch to the Moon’s surface, a collaborative effort between ULA and Astrobotic.
Onboard the lander are NASA payloads strategically positioned to advance our capabilities for exploring the Moon, aligning with the Artemis program’s goals and paving the way for future human missions to the lunar surface. This historic launch represents a significant milestone in space exploration.
For additional details on our Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative, please visit: https://go.nasa.gov/3RFR0A5
A new era of lunar robotic exploration is unfolding with three missions
The American program’s return to the Moon has garnered significant interest, primarily due to manned missions. Concurrently, several robotic missions are scheduled to precede the arrival and human settlement, establishing the necessary conditions for safe living and working on the Moon.
In 2024, three American missions are slated for lunar exploration.
First US Commercial Moon Launch: Astrobotic