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XL-1 Lander



The XL-1 Lander mission is designed to bring eight payloads to the lunar surface in 2023 and operate them for at least 12 days. The lander mission was selected through NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, in which NASA contracts with a commercial partner, in this case Masten Space Systems, that provides the launch and lander.

The XL-1 lunar lander has a dry mass of 675 kg and carries about 2000 kg of propellant. It can support hundreds of kilograms of payload. The eight payloads it is carrying comprise nine science ad technology instruments. Commercial payloads may also be added.

The lander will launch from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX booster sometime in 2023 and land at Haworth crater near the south pole of the Moon, operating for about 12 days before lunar nightfall. Objectives of the mission include assessing the composition of the lunar surface, evaluating the radiation environment, and testing precision landing technologies.

Image credit: Masten

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    Facts in Brief

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    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States


    • Planetary Science

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



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