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The Odysseus lander touched down at Malapert A crater near the lunar south pole on February 22. The spacecraft fell over after landing and is tilted at approximately 30 degrees to the horizontal, but was operational. It has been spotted in an LRO Camera Image at about 80.13 S, 1.44 E inside a small crater.

Telemetry has reportedly been received from the JAXA Smart Lander to Investigate Moon (SLIM) after surviving its first lunar night, although its detailed condition is still not known. The LRO camera has taken an image of SLIM on the surface.

The Mars Ingenuity Helicopter mission has been declared over after the rotors were damaged during an uncontrolled landing on January 18. More detail is available in the January 25 NASA Press Release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

1915
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) established.
1959
Launch of Pioneer 4, first U.S. spacecraft to fly by the Moon and first into solar orbit.
1969
Launch of Apollo 9 into Earth orbit, first crewed Lunar Module test.

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