NASA moves up Lunar Trailblazer launch

NASA moves up Lunar Trailblazer launch

NASA moves up Lunar Trailblazer launch WASHINGTON — NASA has found a new ride for a small lunar orbiter mission that will allow the spacecraft to avoid a two-year wait for its launch. In a June 21 presentation to the Planetary Science Advisory Committee, Lori Glaze, NASA planetary science division director, said the Lunar Trailblazer mission will now launch as a secondary payload on the second lunar lander mission by Intuitive Machines, called IM-2 and part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. That mission will launch in about a year, she said. Lunar Trailblazer was previously manifested to launch as one of several rideshare payloads on NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, currently scheduled for no earlier than early 2025. That schedule was driven by development …
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