Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander successfully powered on, made communications contact, and is now on its way to the Moon, carrying NASA science and technology demonstrations as part of the agency’s CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) initiative and Artemis campaign.

Nova-C is expected to land on the lunar surface Thursday, Feb. 22, and throughout its mission, the agency’s scientific instruments will focus on plume-surface interactions, space weather/lunar surface interactions, radio astronomy, precision landing technologies, and a communication and navigation node for future autonomous navigation technologies.

This concludes our live launch coverage. Continue to follow along for more CLPS updates:

Intuitive Machines Lander On Its Way To the Moon