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US company makes historic Moon landing

An American company has made history by becoming the first commercial outfit to put a spacecraft on the Moon.
 
Houston-based Intuitive Machines landed its Odysseus robot near the lunar south pole.
 
It took some minutes for controllers to confirm the craft was down, but eventually a signal was received.
 
Flight director Tim Crain announced that equipment is on the surface of the Moon and is transmitting.
 
Staff at the company cheered and clapped at the news.
 
It was an important moment, not just for the commercial exploration of space but for the US space programme in general.
 
Intuitive Machines has broken the United States' half-century absence from the Moon's surface.
 
The US space agency NASA had purchased space on Odysseus for six scientific instruments, and its administrator Bill Nelson was quick to add his congratulations on what he described as a "triumph".


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