The first commercial spacecraft to reach the moon is on its side but still functioning An update on Odysseus, the first commercial spacecraft to reach the moon. It is now on its side but still functioning — for the most part.

The first commercial spacecraft to reach the moon is on its side but still functioning

The first commercial spacecraft to reach the moon is on its side but still functioning

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An update on Odysseus, the first commercial spacecraft to reach the moon. It is now on its side but still functioning — for the most part.

AYESHA RASCOE, HOST:

Perfect landings are hard to stick. Ask any pilot, gymnast or Odysseus, the first commercial spacecraft to reach the moon. Odysseus, affectionately known as Odie, marks America's return to the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. Seems like Odie got a little tipsy, though, since the spacecraft is now on its side. Steve Altemus, the CEO and co-founder of Intuitive Machines, which built Odysseus, is still pumped - or, you could say, over the moon.

STEVE ALTEMUS: It's pretty incredible. It was quite a spicy seven-day mission to get to the moon.

RASCOE: Intuitive Machines says Odie is stable and sending more signals back to Earth for research on the moon's south pole. Though Odie's landing might not get 10s across the board, it still did pretty well. Last month, a different spacecraft landed upside down.

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