Posts: 50815 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 08-07-2023 06:20 PM
NASA awarded Intuitive Machines a third contract to deliver research, including science investigations and a technology demonstration, to the moon.
The investigations aboard Intuitive Machines' Nova-C lander for the IM-3 mission are destined for Reiner Gamma, one of the most distinctive and enigmatic natural features on the moon. Known as a lunar swirl, Reiner Gamma is on the western edge of the moon, as seen from Earth, and is one of the most visible lunar swirls. Scientists continue to learn what lunar swirls are, how they form, and their relationship to the moon's magnetic field.
Intuitive Machines has a small preview of the IM-3 mission patch on its website: